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We had a good time catching up with American photographer, Kyle Myles. Enjoy.
Hey man! I'm currently on a bus headed home from NYC.
Who were you before you picked up a camera? How’d that moment change the course of your life?
Before photography I was a 21 year old without a direction or a clear idea of what I wanted to do. Finding photography, and delving deeper and deeper into it, has given me that direction I lacked before.
We love your style. Why film? Tri-X or HP5?
Thank you! I've always enjoyed the process and tangibility of film. It leaves room for mistakes and surprises that I don't get with digital (though I enjoy shooting digital sometimes for the immediacy and sure results). There's also nothing quite like a handmade silver print. And I use HP5 pretty much exclusively.
You document a lot of skateboarders, do you skateboard? If so how has that made an impact in your life. Any life lessons or learning points you’ve taken away from skating?
Skateboarding has been a part of my life since I was 11. Its the first thing I found in life that I was truly passionate about. Skateboarding teaches you to see the creative potential of your surroundings and not just what's on the surface.
How do you see your life today as opposed to what you envisioned for yourself as a kid?
I don't really know what my vision was as a kid but I never could've imagined my life would be where it is now.
Who/What is inspiring you right now?
Music, friends and family, skateboarding and travel.
Where do you call home? Does your location play a role in your creativity?
Home is Southern Maryland, though I currently reside in Virginia. My work often tends to focus on quieter, more subtle scenes and I think that's a result of being raised in a more rural/suburban area as opposed to a city. That influence is always there whether it's a conscious thought or not.
Anyone you’ve crossed paths with that made a major impact on you as a photographer?
I'm constantly inspired by the creativity and work ethic of my friends and peers and I think they all influence me in one way or another. My job has afforded me the chance to meet some people I never dreamed I'd have the chance to interact with and I'm very fortunate to have that as well.
Is it important to you to be a part of a creative community or are you more of a lone wolf?
At home I'm more or less on my own with my work, which I like. But thanks to the internet I've met some people from around the world who's input I value whenever I hit a creative road block. It's important to surround yourself with people who's opinion you respect and can rely on for honest input.
What drives you to keep pushing forward?
The hunger to make the next photo and progress. Whenever I'm lucky enough to make a photo I like, I have this fear that it will be the last good one I'll make. You can't linger on your past work for long. It's all about what's to come.
What is one of the biggest challenges you face?
Evolving within this medium and not staying stagnant.
Are you happy with your work?
At times I am. I can certainly say I'm my own worst critic but I've gotten better about acknowledging when I've succeeded at making good work.
I don't have one. And that's an exciting/terrifying thought.
Aside from photography, do you have any other creative outlets?
I wish! I've always envied painters, designers, poets etc. for their abilities to create something out of nothing. But as the saying goes, the grass is always greener...
Favorite web resources?
I spend hours on YouTube watching/rewatching lectures, interviews and documentaries. I also enjoy sites such as In-Public for their photographer features and themed group posts, and American Suburb X for the treasure trove of features and interviews. Instagram is a great resource as well fornetworking and finding new work.
Just to continue photographing. I say this all the time, and it's something my friends push me about on a regular basis, but sooner than later I'd like to publish a body of work in zine or book form. I'll get it together eventually.