Tyrone Taylor – The Human Condition

Capturing both still and motion pictures, Tyrone tells the story of the human condition in its most unadulterated form. Check out his honest story and work below.


Say hello to Tyrone:

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Where are you from?

I’m from Queens, NY.


How would you describe your visual style?

I have a documentary style. I believe that the work I produce presents an honest view of the human condition and brings to light the question of redemption.

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How do you find your inspiration?

I wander quite a lot. It’s exciting for me to explore places I’ve never been to before and seeing what that place has to offer. Studying masters of photography like Henri- artier Bresson, Gorden Parks, and Berenice Abbott has provided me with constant inspiration on how to pursue excellence in the craft.

I also find inspiration by enriching myself in other aspects of life such as film, culinary, art, and faith. These all impact my work as a source of inspiration.

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In addition to photography, you’re broadening your artistry into videography and art direction – tell us about these ventures.

I desire to tell stories. True and honest stories. In documentary photography, I have the honor of capturing stories that elicit emotion within the viewer. With my art direction, I’m exploring conceptual photography. That allows me to present stories or concepts in really unique ways.

My desire to create moving pictures actually occurred before my love of photography. I’m inspired both by realist directors like Martin Scorsese and Christopher Nolan, and surrealist directors like Alfred Hitchcock and Robert Bresson. I love these guys because they don’t shy away from the human condition and themes of redemption.


Tell us about your career. How did you get into it?

I started taking pictures around the age of eighteen. The first seed of photography was placed by my youth pastor in church; I don’t remember us ever talking about photography, but he always had a camera around his neck. Simply viewing that allowed me, as a young African American, to dream specifically about being multifaceted in my career. I didn’t start taking it seriously until I was twenty-two, but when I did, there was no turning back.

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What types of photography do you do? What’s your favorite?

I do portrait, lifestyle, fashion, and street. Oh man, I’d have to choose street because it gives me a freedom to capture people and places in an instant.


What are your favorite three photos you’ve taken?

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I caught this photo while I was rushing to catch a bus to go on vacation in Maine. This is one of my favorite photos because it communicates a challenge in America to love those that are different from us.

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This photoshoot was actually part of a series documenting natural hair; I caught this photo in between. This is the up and coming DJ Eli Fola in NYC. This photo also went on to become my first print.

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I love this photo because it communicates feelings towards Valentine’s Day, which was around the time I captured this photo.

Photography is competitive. How do you stand out?

I stand out by not worrying about any competition. There are many aspects to a person, whether it be the humor you possess, your story preference, or the intellectual luggage you carry. We are all different. I guess I mean to say, I don’t compete because no one can steal my identity.

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What’s the best advice you can think of for someone just starting in photography?

The greatest hurdle you will have to overcome is yourself. You can’t give up because your story will change the horizon of possibility.


What was your most memorable photoshoot?

My most memorable photoshoot was my first engagement shoot. It was a challenging experience, but it taught me the importance of a contract.


Who do you want to give a shoutout to?

My girlfriend Nora, who has always been down to assist me in word and deed. I love you.


What’s your philosophy when it comes to being a great photographer?

“Make visible what, without you, might perhaps never have been seen.” – Robert Bresson

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What do you think is the biggest thing holding you back in your photography?

The biggest thing holding me back in my photography is a fear of presenting my work on a serious level.

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What photography advice do you wish you had when you were first starting out?

I wish someone told me that photos don’t come out of the camera looking great.


What kind of gear do you have?

I use a Nikon d7100 because it’s excellent at stills and film.


Do you have any projects you’d like to show off?

I did a photo essay with my girlfriend called “mirror mirror,” but you’ll have to check out my website to see it.


What is your most life-changing event?

My most life-changing event was when I became a Christian. My faith has always informed how I process and continues to be a driving force in the work I create.

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What has photography done for you as a person? How has it changed you?

Photography has allowed me to appreciate life. I no longer see any experience or area as boring because each place and each person has a story that’s waiting to be told.


What’s something no one knows about you that you’d like to share?

I believe that vegan desserts may actually taste better.


Who’s your biggest hero in your life?

My biggest hero is James Peter Quincy. He taught me how to transcend barriers while staying true to my identity.


What’s one of your biggest fears?

My biggest fear is never trying.

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What will you be doing five years from now?

Five years from now, I’ll be the owner of a media company that produces art from a Christian worldview and empowers others to do the same.


What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done?

The craziest thing I’ve ever done was go white water rafting. Never again.


For anyone that wants to get in touch with Tyrone, here’s some contact information:

FStop: Profile

Website: www.tyronetaylor.format.com

Instagram: @prayerfulcat

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Tyrone, thanks so much for taking the time to interview with us!

If any artists out there want to collaborate with FStop, don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

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