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The art of observation

Words by Dan Warden

Travelling far and wide with his camera in hand, Cornwall nevertheless holds a place deep in Tom Young’s heart.

Visit Tom’s website and hit the tab called ‘The Motherland’; it soon becomes clear just how deep an impact Cornwall has had on him. “Documenting my adventures helps to keep the creative juices flowing,” he explains, “and having a camera allows me to tell the story in my own way.

In his work there is a palpable zest for adventure, an insurmountable drive to explore the deepest, wildest reaches of his home county. But it doesn’t stop there. Tom is a great believer in the old adage that ‘variety is the spice of life’, and while he loves exploring Cornwall with his camera to hand – particularly the rugged land and seascapes of west Penwith – he is by no means bound to home soil. “I’ve been lucky enough to travel the world on surf trips with my camera by my side, which has also given me the opportunity to meet lots of new people.”

Having formed a love for portraiture on his travels, Tom continues to diversify his work. While he admits that commercial work has somewhat taken over his day-to-day, it’s good to know that he still finds time to jump in the sea with his camera. As he says: “There’s nothing quite like it.”

A flawless day on the south coast of New South Wales, Australia

Land’s End

Jubel Beer shoot

Taken for Vice at 7th Rise on a Thera-Sea retreat

Tasmanian shapes

Tom Raffield in the workshop, working on a Chelsea Flower Show installation


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