Travys Owen’s photography style consists of combining unusual compositions, high saturation and high levels of light, resulting in images that make you second guess their methods. He has a spontaneous approach to shooting, capturing subjects in fleeting moments and embracing split-second decision making.
Growing up in the Eastern Cape, Travys, he was a skateboard, art and music lover. He sees life’s events and hurdles as a form of progression and uses a camera as part of his creative process. After studying Graphic Design and Visual Communications, he worked as an illustrator and animator before falling in love with photography.
Travys has built an impressive portfolio, including personal work and editorials for publications like Hunger, GQ and The Fader. He has also crafted the visual identity for musician Wayne Snow and his album Figurine. Regardless of the subject matter, Travys work signature includes the usage of bold colours and graphic elements to create mind blowing visuals.
While developing a personal aesthetic was never his primary focus, Travy’s images naturally came together forming a distinct style that people began to notice. He is drawn to certain elements like colour and form, and most importantly, collaborating with like-minded individuals. His post-production process is a therapeutic one, where he spends hours at his desk, fine-tuning the hues and saturation to create almost otherworldly feel.
Travys’s work offers a dystopian and almost unrealistic take on fashion, music, and art. When working on Wayne Snow’s identity, he had the freedom to explore his creative vision through artworks, press shots, and videos.
Collaboration is at the heart of Travys’s creative process, and he actively seeks out opportunities to work with people he admires. He has upcoming collaborations, where he plans to showcase the talent within the South African creative scene.