Eye Spy

15 Jan 2016 – 28 Feb 2016

Regular hours

10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00

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Royal Photographic Society

England, United Kingdom


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Nigel Tooby will showcase a full installation of 19 separate images and structures from his series, Eye Spy, at Fenton House. This series focuses on the plight of the homeless and highlights the reality, putting the pieces into context, allowing the audience to become the subject.


Images include ‘The Company I Keep’, showing the silhouette of a lonesome shadow in an empty park; ‘Alternative Ending’, featuring an empty room with a sleeping bag in the corner and ‘Hotel’, an image including a bin, park bench and sign above ironically promoting a forthcoming show, Sleeping Beauty.


Originally culminating in a final piece ’20 seconds’, which features a series of harrowing shots from the eyes of a person hanging from a tree, Nigel has since updated the collection. The final image ‘Jamie Ross’ uses 24ct gold to re-join the broken pieces of a picture of a young man and is based on the real life story of a former rough sleeper who has turned his life around.


Nigel comments: “It is a real privilege to be invited to showcase my work at Fenton House. I am especially proud of Eye Spy; as well as creating discussion and debate amongst people it also brings a topic that is all too often dismissed to the very forefront of our minds.


He adds: “This is probably the first time that something so contemporary, and in some instances controversial, has been displayed in this exhibition space and I am really keen to find out what my peers and visitors to the house think. I have been a fine art photographer for many years but this is certainly one of the high points of my career to date.”


This is not the first time that Nigel has exhibited his photography, featuring other works ‘Of our times, the price of money’ at the Rope Walk in Hull during 2015 amongst other exhibitions.


Nigel is a Contemporary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society with 39 years’ experience, having first pursued his passion as an amateur from the age of 16. Taking everyday news, topics and life experiences, Nigel throws them into the face of his audience through his creation of artistic contemporary pieces causing debate and conversation.


For more details about Nigel and his work please visit www.nigeltooby.co.uk.

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