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Artist Feature

Every week an artist is featured whose single image was published by Der Greif. The Feature shows the image in the original context of the series.

Tommy Keith - To Hold This Mystery

Jun 23, 2021

Between catching frogs and memorizing trails in the forest behind our house, my interest in the mystical qualities of life began early in my childhood. I spent long hours outside exploring by myself – a symptom of being an only child, perhaps. I learned at an early age that I was conceived through a sperm donation clinic and, as I understand it, would not be alive without modern advances in fertility. Because of this, I’ve always had a deep respect for people who are investigating the fundamentals of life itself, as I often feel like a result of these inquiries. I don’t think we understand the world near as much as we like to tell ourselves, or that science likes to tell us, and the more I keep researching, photographing, and diving into this conundrum we call life, the more questions I have.
To Hold This Mystery is a series of colour photographs featuring various elements of the natural world. Using formal qualities such as colour, lighting, and camera perspective, I aim to transform otherwise ordinary occurrences into highly descriptive yet puzzling pictures, suggesting the world is far more mysterious than we think. I hope these pictures shift the viewers perspective on what natural environments look like, and thus instill a new sense of appreciation for the Earth. I’m interested in how these fundamental elements of photography, in combination with one another, can result in a description of the world as something otherworldly, or even revelatory. I photograph during the early hours of the morning and late in the evening – times when there are fewer people outside and sight is limited. Using artificial light, I illuminate aspects of nature that are within highly populated cities and towns at a time when we have difficulty seeing, altering our perspective of this place we call home. I think of this project as a balancing act between highly descriptive renderings of the world and pure abstraction, blurring the line between reality and the unknowable.