What is it about Timothy Keen’s photos that makes them so unbelievably arresting? Is it the way he uses white space to give his subjects room to breathe, to stretch their arms and gaze up into the sky? Or is it the way he uses composition and lighting to tell an emotionally charged story; one of love, longing or lust?
Whatever it is, you feel a connection to his portraits. His subjects draw you in, not just with their natural beauty but with their vulnerability.
I asked Keen for a quote he found inspiring, something that resonated with him and his work.
Here was his reply:
“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed."
– Albert Einstein
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