Edward Tomasso’s passion for adventure photography developed organically. Initially a way to capture and share his travel experiences, the artform has turned into a major part of his identity.
Inspired by passionate creators, Tomasso enjoys studying the work of other adventure photographers. Recently, he discovered the colorful captures of visual artist, Forest Woodward.
Forest Woodward’s place in the world of adventure photography is overall unique. While most adventure photographers follow a process that highlights their individual experiences, Woodward’s approach is more about bringing others along for the ride. His subject is always the area, rather than the adventurer. He explains that this approach is meant to showcase the universal experience of tourism, rather than focusing on one person’s specific encounters.
When looking at Woodward’s work, Edward Tomasso is enamored by sights that lack a narrative. This allows him, and anyone else appreciating the art, an opportunity to feel present in the picture’s setting — even if it’s somewhere he has never been before! Woodward has explained time and time again that this is the idea of his work. Rather than documenting his own tourism, his photography acts as a form of imaginary teleportation. Viewers of his work are able to envision the experience for themselves. He accomplishes this angle by focusing largely on landscapes, rather than human subjects. Often, the people in his photos are like blips within the image — present in the moment and yet, engulfed by the beauty of the area surrounding them.
Edward Tomasso is fascinated by this approach! He finds it more powerful than focusing on a specific person’s experience and more encompassing of adventure than standard landscape photography. Stay tuned to find out how he plans to implement Forest Woodward’s techniques and approaches into his own expanding portfolio!