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Tom Ordoyno

Work / Photography

Tom Ordoyno’s diverse photography captures moments we might otherwise miss

“The only real process [I have] is the camera and the darkroom,” London-based medium-format photographer Tom Ordoyno tells us, wryly. “In terms of taking pictures, I try to forget everything. Engage with what’s in front of me, and try to communicate an idea in the fewest steps.”

Tom’s selection of work is broad and diverse. From portraits of French actors to fashion editorials and desolate landscapes, his focus is not on capturing conventionally cohesive series’, rather the photographer seeks to “try and present something new [with each image] and engage in something with a meaningful view”.

“I’m interested in recording how I see things… in recording what I feel is new and underrepresented,” Tom explains, of the thematic thread that runs through his work. “The idea of a series still makes me feel a bit queasy. Feels a bit too academic for me. Doesn’t feel relevant to the way we consume images any more. I just aim to make individual pictures.”

“Medium format is a finite way of making pictures," he continues. “There’s a planned aspect to all my work. I find it’s about setting up the conditions and then allowing things to happen. By the time the camera’s out, it’s more of a prepared performance. Somewhere along the line, a gesture or an observation will present itself. It’s a bit like fishing!”

“Creating pictures gives you a great opportunity to experience new things for a while, then retreat back to your routine,” Tom adds. Has he uncovered anything incredible on his photographic journey, we ask? “The reassuring thing, I think, is that there hasn’t been anything particularly incredible,” he says with a smile. “Whether you’re shooting Donatella Versace or a man who looks after owls in Nottingham, everyone wants to look their best.”

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