In 2017, I was living in Toronto for the first time and I found myself at a loss. Most of my friends, my family, the people who mattered to me, were roughly 6000 kilometres away in Europe, whilst I was embarking on a new chapter of my life in an unknown city. I had been dabbling in photography for some time, but I was at best a dilettante, there was no rhyme of reason to anything I was doing with a camera. Suddenly, in this context, my photos became a way for me to remain connected to my roots, and to let people know what I was doing and seeing on the other side of the planet.
My posts to Instagram became increasingly regular, until I finally decided to set myself a challenge: one post a day. Spread a little love, share a little beauty.
The posting has grown into something of a meditation, forcing me to take a moment out of every day to seek out something post-worthy. Sometimes the image leaps out at me, at other times it is like blood from a stone and I have to resort to elaborate editing and colour correction to conjure a note of beauty. But the exercise has been incredibly rewarding, particularly on those occasions when complete strangers have taken the time to comment or send a private message expressing their enjoyment of the work.
You can continue to follow the daily posting on Instagram @chasingbeautytm.
On this website, you will find a selection of work available for purchase, from simple framed prints to various objects.
Keep Chasing Beauty. You just have to know it's out there.
Tom Morton, August 2019