Interview: Photographer Tyler Sartor
This time around, we asked Tyler Sartor for an interview and we had such a great time reading his responses and thoroughly enjoying having an even greater connection with this remarkable individual! We learned a lot about him and from him, we love our interviews and the people we’ve come to interact and work with… they’re profoundly and endlessly inspiring and freaking awesome! Thank you to Ty for going the lengths he did to help us put it together and taking the time to talk to us and for everything he does!! We’re so happy to support and promote such purely rad people like Ty, enjoy his insights!
What was it that got you into photography?
My two younger brothers are a huge driving factor. They both are phenomenal with a camera. Neither of them likes to show off their work but take my word for it. They’re legit. I have always loved art and creating things but I’ve always been embarrassed by the things I would create. I was afraid of what people might think and I was afraid to fail. So I quit. Nine months ago I decided I’d purchase a camera and on January 1st I took my first photo in about 15 years. I fell in love with the process. I fell in love with how it makes me feel and how it makes others feel. When someone I know tells me they enjoy looking at my work or when someone on Instagram leaves a comment, I feel a sense of pride knowing that I was able to help someone take a look at a photo and tie it to an emotion from their past. To me, that is powerful.
How would you describe your vision/style?
My vision is “Go For It.” I want to be known as someone who isn’t afraid to step outside of their comfort zone, to adventure, to create something new everyday. This simple phrase has changed my life and I hope it brings joy to those I meet as well.
Overall, I’d say my style is constantly evolving. It’s very hard for me to call myself a photographer because really, I’m just a dude with a camera that takes photographs in his free time. I like very muted earth tones. Saturation is my enemy. I love grain and due to growing up in the PNW, I love fog. I enjoy taking photos of nature. I feel like I can stop time and share what’s happening outside of the materialistic lives that most of us live, including myself. Portrait work is something I’m still working on. I’m not very good at it. I refuse to use anything other than natural lighting. I like the challenge. I really do enjoy taking photos of people and look forward to doing more portrait work in the future. I like shooting for lifestyle brands as well. I really just enjoy taking pictures.
How would you say your photography differs from others of your kind?
I like to break the rules. I remember when I started out, I would read as much about photography as I could. I became a photography nerd. I soon realized that by following the rules of photography, I was putting myself in a box and limiting my creativity. Eventually I just stopped following those rules and it has forced me be more creative. There’s a saying; ‘We learn the rules so we can break them.’ That’s totally me.
Out of all the artistic mediums, what is it about photography for you?
Photography transcends time. The idea that I can capture a single moment and save it forever excites me. The way someone feels when they first see that photo of their wedding, their senior photos or maybe even a landscape shot I’ve taken makes me happy. Bringing others joy is what I love to do.
What is your gear set up?
I’m not someone who thinks you have to have the best gear to create great photos. Currently I’m using a Canon 5d ii with 24mm 2.8, 35mm 1.8, a 50mm 1.8, and a 28–135mm lenses. I also recently started shooting film with a Pentax and I absolutely love it. It’s a lot of fun.
How has being a photographer impacted you and your life?
It’s changed so much about me. Photography has helped me to not be afraid to fail, to not care what people think. It’s helped me step out of my comfort zone and most importantly, it’s brought me joy.
What is a quote that resonates with you?
Anything that Christopher McCandless has said. He really inspires me. If you don’t know who he is I recommended reading up on him.
“Don´t hesitate or allow yourself to make excuses. Just get out and do it. Just get out and do it. You will be very, very glad that you did.” - Christopher McCandless (Alexander Supertramp)
What are you in conjunction with being a photographer? A student? A night owl? Coffee addict? A runner?
Photography, at this point in time, is more of a hobby/dream of mine. I also work for Apple as a technician which is very fun and rewarding. I love coffee (too much), sports, and I’m also big proponent of social justice. But the thing I’m most proud of is that soon I’m going to be a dad. My wife and I are expecting a baby boy in February :)
What is something you’d share with aspiring photographers?
Go for it. Fail. Make mistakes just don’t make excuses. Don’t be afraid to be told no. And most importantly, make art for you and how it makes you feel, not for anyone else.