Amanda Toll

Photographer in Pennsylvania

Amanda Toll

Photographer in Pennsylvania

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As a child Amanda Eve Toll was always fascinated by textures, colors, shadows and reflections. She spent her childhood observing the natural and industrial world that surrounded her. Her favorite photographic locations are abandoned structures. At a young age she spent a lot of time traveling with her father to the intercity. It was there she saw her first abandoned building.

She was mesmerized by the many different ways the sunlight passed through the broken windows and cracks of the structure. A variety of plants grew on the roof and out of the windows. This building had an air of deep mysterious energy. The wind would pass through the emptiness of its halls and it would almost sound like the structure was breathing like a life form.

Within its walls a whole new alternate realm is created. A detailed labyrinth of peeling paint, rust, shadows, and muted colors. Mother Nature would work her marvelous feat of turning this long forgotten place into a garden that fused the two worlds together the natural and the industrial.

Her work is often described as being surreal and dreamlike. Her photographs have a raw simplistic element but at the same time they are refined. She focuses on bringing new life to subjects and moments that are often considered ordinary. During her photo shoots she observes the world through the eyes of a child. Remembering when objects and places looked vast, new and awe inspiring. This perspective allows her to express fresh artistic endeavors through the lens of the camera.

Amanda grew up in Pennsylvania; all of her photographs were taken in her home state. Her main inspirations are the changes in sunlight during the seasons, the organic ornate textures found in nature and the affects the passage of time has on man-made structures. Amanda is mostly self-taught with traditional schooling. She is a two time winner of the George A. Salverian award for excellence in photography. Her photography has been published in the Art and Literature Magazine of Montgomery County Community College.

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  • Education
    • Arcadia University
    • Montgomery County Community College