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I use photography to visualize ideas. The result is a mix of stories, both my own and of those who are in front of the camera. The starting point for these stories is the questions that I pose and the answers that the photographs convey.
I mainly use portraiture to depict emotions and challenge norms. People are the most fascinating subjects for me because each person has so many different aspects to look at. Each person's gaze, body, and movement tell about their history, personality, feelings, emotions, and hidden side. Photographing people is also a way of preserving memory, of finding the space where thoughts and expressions intersect, and of demonstrating how much beauty there is in who we are.
My photo series are equal parts pre-visualization and inspiration. Sometimes I come across a group of people whose story literally jumps out of what they are doing at that moment in time. Other times, I work out an idea with friends or models whose expression, mood, props, poses and lighting combine to tell a story.
I'm inspired by music and other forms of art, and use my photography to tell the visual stories of jazz musicians, body painters, tattoo artists, and many others who are engaged in their own creative processes. Using staged photos, I also create photographic satire to comment on social issues.
Projection photography is another special interest. I shoot portraits of subjects wrapped in images projected onto them in a darkened room. The result is an imagined reality where the subject and the projected photos collide and ultimately combine---often in unexpected ways.
Born in Baltimore in 1958, I've traveled around the world for many years and now live in the Netherlands. Being from someplace else is a starting point for my photography because I'm intrigued by and am always questioning what I see.
Over the years, I've entered a few photo contests and had the honor of being selected as a finalist in the Ed van der Elsken Lust for Life photo competition of the Nederlands Fotomuseum in 2019.
In addition to the photos, a set of downloadable children's bedtime stories are also posted on this site. These were created in the 1990s, when our children were very small, and were then transformed into proper illustrated stories for our granddaughter in 2020.
Please contact me if you have any questions or comments. I can be reached at email@example.com.
A number of the photos shown on this site are also available to download from my Flickr site at:
Steven R. Tabor
Noh mask: Yasse-onna