Today we chat with brilliant Durban based photographer Tyler Dolan, and he showcases his stunning photography
Who is Tyler Dolan and what do you do?
I am a Durban based photographer, I have been focusing on documentary photography the past 2 years and recently I have been getting more involved in the commercial side of photography.
How would you define your style or art?
I would say that my photographs are on the verge of hyper realism or HDR, I love enhancing all the tones in my images and boosting all the colour. But at the same time I don’t want to push it to the extreme, I look for the balance between realism and HDR.
What inspires your work?
People and my surroundings inspire me as well as looking at photographs which I think are full of life and colour which then inspire me to create my own photographs .
What are you currently working on?
I am currently putting together 2 new series of work, one is a personal project where I am photographing models with various fashion designer outfits and the other is a series of photographs for a company called AfroVibes which is a Netherlands based company who hosts a festival celebrating South African Artists. In 2012 I attended their festival in London exhibiting my Walking the Streets work and this year I will be exhibiting a series based around African fashion.
Please tell us more about “Walking the streets”
My Walking The Streets series was an idea at first that became a reality. The idea behind the project was discovering what is in the beautiful city of Durban and its surroundings. It was about going behind the scenes of Durban and documenting the people who live there and do what they do. We as people drive past the streets and townships every day but we don’t know what it actually looks like from the perspective of someone whom lives there. I photographed the series and then put a book together and with the help of AfroVibes it looks positive for getting it published
What advice would you give young creatives looking to do what you do?
The best advice and only advice there is, is to keep practicing, get yourself a camera and go out and take photographs all the time. Here is the catch though, don’t just snap away actually think about it, think where the light is coming from where your object is positioned in your photograph and experiment with the best possible angle and lighting. Also google is your best friend you can find the answer to any questing about photograph on google.
Where can our readers follow your work?
You can find my work via the following links: