Broken Light: A Photography Collective

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Chasing Perfection

Please say a warm hello to first-time contributor Toby Upson, an 18-year-old man from England. Last year, Toby was diagnosed with anorexia nervosa. His condition was so severe that at one point he was rushed to a hospital where he was given two days to live. Luckily, his body managed to stabilize and he eventually was transferred to a hospital that specialized in mental health. It was there that he began using art as a distraction and coping tool.

About this photo: “I’m currently working on a series of images that relate to ‘identity and perfection.’ These photo-grams are from that series. They are original sewn drawings of the ‘perfect’ male body, but they work so much better as photo-grams. They show the pain and disorder of what perfection can be. I find them ghostly, disfigured, and also painful. I find the images strong and I hope that they engage the viewer, make them think, and make them challenge their view of male perfection and what it means to be perfect.”

Find more from Toby at his blog.


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6 comments on “Chasing Perfection

  1. Rajiv
    May 8, 2014

    Wooow… Awesome


  2. Susan Thompson
    May 8, 2014

    My word is AWESOME too. These images reach across age and gender; very poignant and deeply moving. An image that invites contemplation, reflection, questions. Thank you so much


  3. Karen
    May 8, 2014

    So much pain goes into the body. Thank you very much for these evocative images.


  4. charlieeasterfield
    May 8, 2014

    These photo-grams really resonate with me, I love them.


  5. toby upson art
    May 9, 2014

    Thank you so much for the comments, so happy people like them


  6. Paula McLane Jennings
    May 14, 2014

    very unusual photos!


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