—Except with a twist; Bob Tabor’s black-and-white and low-contrast color portraits of horses and the ocean are ethereal and effortlessly American. And they pull you right in.
But while Adams photographed the American landscape in high contrast black-and-white, Tabor’s landscapes are often more abstract. A close-up on the break of a wave; a large-scale portrait of a horse’s eye—Tabor focuses on the beauty in the details of some of nature’s most mysterious subjects. His works are equally enigmatic. A black-and-white image of a splash of rustling water could, if you didn’t know what it was, just as easily be a painting, or a slab of granite. That’s part of their unmistakable beauty: Tabor’s work makes you want to stop and examine things a little closer; think, consider, and really take things in.
The former advertising executive and creative director, who got his start in photography only ten years ago after learning how to use a camera while on vacation in Napa, has released his own coffee table books, Horse Whisperings, Polo: Equine Warriors, HORSE/HUMAN: An Emotional Bond, and Dreamscapes: Finding a place to call your own; Ralph Lauren decorates their stores around the world with Bob Tabor’s stunning equestrian images; and exhibited his work all around New York City and The Hamptons, where he currently lives and works. Now Bob is aiming global as interest in his works pours in.
A selection of some of Tabor’s latest work will be on view as part of the opening of BlackBook’s new experiential art gallery, “BlackBook Presents,” beginning November 28 in Dumbo, Brooklyn.We spoke with Bob Tabor at length about his work and show at BlackBook Presents.