Tobi Wilkinson is a Sydney-based fine art photographer who studied with Gordon Undy as her mentor at point light in Surry Hills. She works predominantly with black and white film and hand crafts her prints on fibre-based paper in a traditional wet darkroom.
Tobi has had work hung in the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the Olive Cotton Awards and the Blake Prize Directors Cut as well as several private exhibitions. In 2012 she completed a Ralph Gibson course in Sydney with the master photographer himself which led to a body of work on the female nude and an exhibition entitled Source. This exhibition was the result of a lengthy collaboration with fellow photographers Anne Lynam and Gordon Undy and was presented at point light gallery in 2013.
Since 2008 Tobi has been engaged in a study of the Gyuto Monks of Tibet, photographing them in their monastery in Dharamsala, on location around Australia as well as in her studio in Surry Hills. The monks have provided fertile ground for her to explore the essence of spirituality through their tantric practices. Tobi has had solo exhibitions of work from this study at the Bondi Pavilion Art Gallery in 2010 and 2012 and is preparing for a third show in 2014. In 2009 Tobi was the official photographer on the Australian tour of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Tobi’s work is varied yet she finds herself most attracted to shapes and shadows, to photographic work which leads the viewer (as well as the photographer) to conclusions which may not otherwise have been obvious. The hidden, the suggested, the partly alluded to – photography as a stimulant to the soul as well as the senses.