Daylight Books : Tom “Tbow” Bowden : Encounters : Portraits of Individuals

The portraits bounce off the web page. TBow finds a hypnotic and intoxicating energy in folks. If there may be typically a sure desperation or loneliness in a few of his photographs, resilience, pleasure and power additionally abound..”—Maggie Steber

Portraits of persons are very tough to do properly. People are advanced and nuanced and carry historical past and persona of their faces and eyes. A well-executed portrait will give a glimpse into somebody’s story and go away the viewer eager to know extra concerning the particular person’s who and why.

Conferences it’s a e-book of such portraits of the photographer Tom ‘TBow’ Bowden. The colour pictures have been taken within the cities of Houston, New York, New Orleans and Los Angeles, in addition to in rural areas. Bowden writes of being drawn to locations on the road, the place he says, “it is bustling, persons are there, and there the pictures wait like items.” Consequently, he discovers a variety of individuals, reflecting a variety of circumstances.

Some pictures are accompanied by a brief picture to disclose some facet of the one that took the picture. All photographs embody location and date to supply context and one other layer of narrative; that is America, we’re all one, we’re all on this collectively.

Early within the e-book, a quote from Bowden reads, “In the event you look lengthy sufficient and arduous sufficient by the lens, fantastic issues will emerge.” It’s the “sufficient” half that brings Bowden’s inherent open and keen sensibility, the honesty of wanting. to know, and to pay tribute in that approach, the individuals who take photos. His pictures do not seem voyeuristic, however quirky and genuine in his dedication to photographing folks with respect.

Documentary photographer Maggie Steber wrote an essay for the e-book known as “Taking pictures from the Coronary heart,” and notes that her pictures are as a lot about her as her topics. He writes,

“TBow’s curiosity is real and respectful. He makes pals, and while you learn what he wrote about himself, you perceive that these folks and taking photos are his oxygen, the rationale he will get up daily to be on the road with the heroes of his pictures. He enjoys what he does. He isn’t a profitable photographer. Life is being recorded.’

Tom (TBow) Bowden He’s a road photographer dwelling in Texas. His ardour for road images started as a teen and continued in school whereas finding out photojournalism and dealing at an area NBC Tv Station. On the age of 15, TBow noticed the Diane Arbus, “Baby with a Toy Hand Grenade” {photograph} in a Excessive College Library Guide. After that, there was by no means any doubt. He was obsessed. TBow’s work as a photographer and producer has taken him around the globe. His present work may be seen at

Tom “Tbow” Bowden: Encounters: Portraits of Individuals
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Arduous pores and skin
ISBN-13: 9781954119130
112 pages; 45 Shade Images
9.5 x 11 inches
$45 US

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