Nye’ Lyn Tho in The Ramp Gallery, October 4–November 5, 2016

Nye’ Lyn Tho’s work focuses on photographing the souls of her subjects and then manipulating them with various tools in order to heighten and or exaggerate the sometimes not so apparent story. She believes the shadows in her work are just as important, if not more, than the light. Because darkness is not always readily embraced a lot of her work puts it on a pedestal. It’s Nye’s way of balancing the scales of representation of the often rejected, overlooked or misunderstood. The blackness, the death, the unknown–this balance is important to her as well as balance in general. She merges masculine and feminine, the sharpness of the details in ones eye against the soft blur of the background, vulnerability against aggression. Since the light gets so much praise and glory, Nye’ welcomes the shadows while visually raising the dead.

Listen to the artist talk about their work in their own words:

About Nye’ Lyn Tho

Nye’ Lyn Tho is a West Oakland resident of 9 years hailing from Philadelphia. She was born and raised in New York with her 10 siblings and currently resides with her partner, Ahmunet. She is currently a fulltime Photographer & Graphic Designer operating out of American Steel Studios with a focus on portraits, commercial / ad-work and branding.

About The Ramp Gallery
The Ramp Gallery accepts exhibition proposals on a continual basis. Submission Guidelines can be found here. To purchase work on display or for more information email gallery@somarts.org. You can visit The Ramp gallery any time SOMArts Cultural Center is open.

Image credit: Nye’ Lyn Tho, Prince Heir, Photography/ New Media, 2016.