ABUZZ / Photographe
"Peace, Love, Unity and Having Fun" might be the credo of hip-hop culture, but it's also the personal motto of Toma - better known by his pseudonym Abuzz. The 27-year-old Parisian photographer first discovers hip-hop culture through the DJ-ing he practices for a decade before getting into photography in 2008.
Curious by nature and strongly autodidactic, he takes his first steps in photography by capturing his wife, a one-time model, and eventually being invited on photo shoots of talented photographers who show him the ropes. He'll be the first to admit that photography is above all a passion that allows him to express his unpretentious lifestyle in photographs, based on the mixing and sharing of cultures and the common love for music.
To achieve his goal, he carries with him two cameras - his Nikon D90 for digital photos and a Canon AE1 for argentic one -and runs the streets. He considers them playgrounds for authentic atmospheres, created by perfect strangers who remain spontaneous during an impromptu photo shoot. Technically, he tries to keep his scenes as raw and natural as possible. He often takes very colorful pictures, but would rather concentrate on black and white, and using pronounced contrasts without retouching much of the image.
The universe that emerges is as impressive as a view of a fantasy world with no boundaries, as observed through a magnifying glass. And just like a kaleidoscope, the shapes are distorted and every element seems to be in constant motion. No wonder his pictures of b-boys and singers performing, of kids playing in the water fountain, or even the sly glances of a voluptuous lady never fail to put a indelible smile on our faces.