Steven Beckly is a Canadian artist specializing in incredibly intimate photographic works that celebrate the nuances of everyday life, love, sexuality, and the fleeting beauty of youth. He very deliberately captures moments that are uniquely personal, even when they aren’t his own. His portraiture is very stripped down (both literally and figuratively); his subjects all seem to have a knowing complacency about them that is steeped in their own personal experiences.
His work bears people to the world, in everything that they are, utilizing a concrete simplicity that highlights everything that is complex about them, about us. His photographs are as sexually charged as they are honest, breaching an area of intimacy that few artists are capable of. These ideas are prevalent in the large part of his body of work, however they particularly ring true in his Single Rooms series (directly above and below).
Beckly creates strong moods with his work, particularly in those that feature the events from his personal life. It is very easy to become swollen with emotion and wonderment when viewing the world through his lens. He finds opportunities to capture instances that many people let slip by, those moments that we remember with wanton nostalgia but rarely get the chance to capture concretely.
What an incredible talent! We’re so happy to have stumbled upon him via #Artists on Tumblr!
Such a nice write-up. I’m touched. Thank you! :)