[UNFOLD] Artist Profile: SOTEEOH

Everyone is a SoTeeOh fan! This Toronto photographer requires no real introduction. As a social media sensation, SoTeeOh is known to bring his perspective of the city straight into your hands, every day. He constantly pushes the boundaries of what it means to be in Toronto, and what it feels like to live there, through the views and images that he captures. Not only is he a talented individual, but he also humbles himself everywhere he goes, whether it is any interaction with his fans, or the work he does with youth.

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Introduce yourself. What is your weapon of choice?

I’s Soteeoh. I’m a photographer. Currently I shoot most of my work with a Canon 6D/T2i. But I’m a firm believer that the best camera is just whatever you have with you when you want to take a picture.

How do you use photography in your life? 

For me photography is my primary source of income. It’s also how I communicate and interact. It’s kind of like a point of entry for me.

How would you describe your style of photography, and how does that help you achieve your end product goal?

My style of photography is about urban beauty. I’m pretty obsessed with the urban environment and the interaction between the structural environment and the randomness of the dynamic elements that exist in a city (people, animals, weather, etc.). It creates a sort of synchronized chaos that I find really interesting.

What is your biggest challenge in photography?

For me the biggest challenge in photography was disciplining myself to only use photography to express ideas. I was so used to jumping around from medium to medium. I would paint something and then make a video and then take a picture. It was a lot of fun but looking back I don’t think I ever really made the most out of any medium when I took that approach so my ideas were only partially realized. By limiting myself to only working with a camera, I get to really focus on the execution and the skill set behind the idea.

Who or what influences you the most as a photographer?

I would say my biggest influences are other photographers. I’ve had some great mentors since I started and I’m also always looking for people that are doing new and interesting things. I’m also really influenced by hip hop culture. My favorite aesthetic is like mid 90’s Source Magazine/Johnathan Mannion stuff. That’s what I grew up on.

What does vulnerability mean to you as an artist?

To me, vulnerability means exploring and letting others watch as you explore. I think art should be an exploratory process but it’s a huge challenge to be able to let others watch as you move through your process if you don’t know where you’re going to end up. However, that is usually where the most exciting breakthroughs happen.

Where can we find your work online, and where can we see your work displayed next?

You can find my work on my instagram account @Soteeoh and on tumblr (www.soteeoh.tumblr.com). I’ve been pretty busy with exhibitions this spring so I will probably take some time off over the summer and come back to it this fall.

CLICK HERE TO RSVP TO SEE SOTEEOH AND MANY OTHERS AT [UNFOLD] ON JUNE 20TH AT 416 GALLERY!

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