The beauty of documentary photography is that it brings something to a wider audience that they would not have previously seen, something real, something tangible. The interesting aspect of documentary photography is the play between fact and fiction. On one hand we have the truths we perceive and trust in photography and on the other is the photographers subjective input.
Photography is not simply defined as either fact or fiction but rather on a scale between the two. However every photographer will have a different idea as to whether photography constitutes a truth or lie.
Theo’s photography work is just unrelentingly real.
Theo’s work get a lot of attention, he has had work in Crack Magazine and regular posts on Vice. The work has a certain curiosity that you just want to look further and closer. The best documentary comes from someone who, however much an outsider, immerses themselves in other peoples lives. Something that Theo does simply without question, he obtains images other photographers would struggle to get.
Theo’s images demand their own weight viewed without any prior background knowledge but there is another dimension to work. The work started life through Theo’s speech therapy, a way of overcoming a stutter. Theo documents people and situations many would scarcely get close to with complete ease and what seems, without fear.
This is how the work started but not the driving force in its continuation, Theo just photographs what he's drawn to, he finds people to photograph through just exploring the city, talking and sharing a drink with a few people.
“I take photos of what interests me and what i’m drawn too, I don’t really think about it too deeply, but its the things i find interesting. Its not like i’ve chosen that topic because of this or that its just what ‘ drawn to”
You can find more of Theo's work here