by Jesse Davis

Behance Artist Highlight: The Simplistic Landscape Photography of Toby Harriman

We at Wacom have the benefit of working with talented creatives in our Behance gallery from around the world. This week’s Behance highlight comes from San Francisco, CA landscape photographer, Toby Harriman.

Here is Toby’s story:

Wacom: Tell us how you started your creative passion.

Toby:

In short, I started creating because I love it and can’t stop. 

I feel as if I have been creating my whole life. It is what I have always loved to do. I never was the ‘school type’ and struggled my way through high school and college. From ceramics classes to photography, art distracted me from my core studies throughout school. I knew deep down art was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. When I started learning more about photography and post processing, I fell in love. Being able to create an image and include aspects that may not be real is a powerful way to express my artistic vision. Photography is for me; I don’t shoot weddings, event or portraits just to make money, it’s a part of who I am. My dream job would be to work for a company where I have full creative freedom to adapt my style for their brand. I am at an interesting chapter in my life where I am going from being a student to trying to make a passion a career.

Wacom: What style of visual art do you focus on and why?

Toby:

I just graduated from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, Ca. I studied web design and new media for the first three years. I dabbled in photography growing up, but nothing serious. It wasn’t until I got to San Francisco where it became a part of my life, my passion and now career. I realized I enjoyed it so much I didn’t want to do anything else. I got out of school with an associate degree, and am now pursuing photography full-time. I focus on fine art landscapes and time-lapse photography.

Wacom: Where and how do you find inspiration?

Toby:

I find inspiration online. The popular and editors’ choice sections on 500px is where I find most of my inspiration because of its consistent quality and style of work. I also browse Behance looking at curated galleries like Wacom’s, Photography Served, Fine Art and Architecture. Finally, I find inspiration from my surroundings. Walking around San Francisco, I look for new perspectives to create unique imagery. Living in San Francisco, the weather doesn’t always play nice, but I never give up! 

I try to keep my photography simple. I don’t like a busy piece. This reflects my personality. For example in my latest architecture series, Modern-Light, (http://bit.ly/1bzNZ6z) I single out an individual building and create my own light and clouds in post processing.

Wacom: What is your favorite of your work and why?

Toby:

One of my favorite shots is of the San Francisco National Cemetery. I spent a lot of time on this photo and released it on Veterans Day last year. The photo didn’t mean much to me at first. The reaction I got about how it touch so many people who lost loved ones, made an impact on how I looked at my own imagery and what it means. This photo impacted them, and their stories gave my image more meaning. To me my favorite part was how I took a day shot and made it look like it was at night, how I focused the eye on certain areas, and how I composed the shot to show the stones.

Wacom: What Wacom technology are you using now?

Toby:

I currently use a Wacom Cintiq 21UX. I love it!

Wacom: Why did you join the Wacom gallery on Behance?

Toby:

I am always looking for new creative work to get inspired by, and usually the people working with Wacom tablets are sharing pretty awesome and inspiring work! 

You can see more of Toby’s work on his Behance profile.

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