East City Art Presents “In the Artist’s Words: Carolyn Toye” Artist Talk and Presentation

By Editorial Team on September 10, 2016
Carolyn Toye City of Wonder Image Courtesy of the Artist.
City of Wonder
Carolyn Toye
Image Courtesy of the Artist.


Artist Talk: Wednesday, September 14 at 6pm


East City Art presents its quarterly artist talk series In the Artist Words. The artist talk and presentation will begin at 6pm sharp at Weschler’s Auctioneers and Appraisers located at 909 E Street NW in downtown DC.

It the third iteration of East City Art’s In the Artist’s Words series, Carolyn Toye will discuss her decade-long, serendipitous journey of photographing the urban landscape of her native Washington, DC.  What happens when that which inspires you as an artist changes so radically, so completely that you no longer have a point of reference?

As Carolyn Toye explains:

Not every journey begins with a destination—or even a road map. That certainly describes my journey into photography, which began just over a decade ago. When I first started out, I had no idea about what I wanted to photograph but, early on, decided to simply follow my inspiration and photograph what I saw as “beautiful.”

Like many artists who find inspiration from the world around them, as a native Washingtonian, I was drawn, almost instantly, to the architecture, cityscapes, and found objects of my hometown, DC. As I drove about the city each day, typically rushing to the next destination, I would turn a corner or stop at a signal light and there, before me, would be an image so compelling, it was impossible to ignore.

Certainly, while photographing the city over the past decade, I was aware of the enormous changes and “revitalization” that was occurring. But, I never intended to document the city’s changing landscape or preserve its dying architecture. To the contrary, I wanted only to capture the amazing compositions I saw, like this image of the “old” Wonder Bread Factory, as well as the stories these images possessed, and the memories they inspired.

Sadly, most of the images I have taken over the past decade have either long since vanished from the DC landscape, or have been dramatically changed. Perhaps the images knew, better than I, the fate that would soon befall them and, in their knowing, somehow called out to me to take their picture, begging to be recognized, demanding to be immortalized.


  • For more information, contact Phil Hutinet at phil [at] eastcityart.com.
  • The artist talk will be held at Weschler’s Auctioneers and Appraisers located at 909 E Street NW, Washington, DC at 6pm.