Toby J. Morris has had a passion for photography from a young age, when his Nana worked in the "Photo Hut" outside the mall in his small home town of Klamath Falls, Oregon. Nestled in the Cascade Mountains, the city of his youth gave Toby an intense appreciation of nature and scenic beauty.
His first photography classes were in high school, and from there his love for imaging only grew. In college, Toby studied acting, but he also used his imaging skills at The Theater School at DePaul University in Chicago as the photographer for all the conservatory's theatrical productions.
While he was attending the school, many of his images were used in promotional brochures and fliers. He also took a dramatic journey to Washington D.C. to the display of The NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt in 1992, which led to his first photo exhibit, "Images from the Quilt."
With his return to Oregon after college, Morris worked as a photo assistant for local photographer, Ben Vallejos, where he honed his portrait, still life and product photography skills.
Toby also worked at a travel magazine where he has had the opportunity to travel to exotic and historic places, capturing images that have been published on magazine covers and in the pages of travel publications.
Toby's recent project, Language of the Kiss, shows the world that if two people care enough for each other and express their feelings in the many "languages" of kissing, it shouldn't matter what sex, color or race they are. Images from Language of the Kiss will be published in the book Kissed: Sensuality in Gay Art published by Bruno Gmünder (September 2010).
Thank you for taking a look into the world of Toby J. Morris Photography. Please enjoy the images and tell us what you think!