When Tommy Crow started taking photographs while studying landscape architecture at the University of Georgia, he had no idea the scope of his talent or the successful career he had ahead of him. But now, some 30 years later, Crow owns a public and working studio in Rosemary Beach, Tommy Crow Studios, and is sharing his unique talent with the Emerald Coast.
“I found that photography is my way to express,” Crow said. “I enjoy that it’s always different; the ideas are always different, the execution is always different. Creating that final image is always a different process.”
Crow draws inspiration from his childhood spent in southwest Georgia, and uses recurring themes of nature and classic American iconography set against a stark white background, “lending a modern sensibility to his pieces.” He has traveled all over the world as an advertisement photographer and now enjoys shooting fine art photography and creating “photo artwork.” Photo artwork, Crow explained, combines different elements into a single photo; for example, using pieces from multiple photographs to create one complete masterpiece.
But no matter what he’s creating, Crow said he likes to keep it simple.
“Simplicity, classic, timeless; these are what I strive for,” he said. “I want to create something you won’t get bored looking at. You can hang it in any home, anywhere and it will fit beautifully.”
The best thing about working in photography, Crow shared, is the reaction he gets from the customers.
“I really love the response I get from people,” he said. “I love capturing real scenarios and creating a stylized piece of artwork. It has value for people — that captured moment — more than I realize.”
It seems he would be right. Ross and Elaine Trewhella, who own a home in Rosemary Beach but reside in Houston, are frequent visitors to Crow’s studio. Elaine recently purchased a large piece of black and white artwork for her husband as a birthday surprise.
“I just think it’s startling,” Elaine said. “It stops you in your tracks. When I saw it for the first time, I knew we had to have it.”
Crow smiled as they complimented his work and when the couple left added, “Now that’s what it’s all about.”
Tommy Crow Studios is located at 38 Main Street in Rosemary Beach. For more information, visit his website at www.tommycrowstudios.com or call 231-1300.