Interview: Photographer Tyler Kracht
A constant mover and shaker, Tyler Kracht is well on his way to becoming a force of photography to be reckoned with, seeing and capturing the wonders of nature and all those who inhabit it to mold his perspective along those who enjoy his work!
What led you to photography? Why’d you decide to stick with it?
My older sister went to college for photography and is always very talented with the lens. I have always looked up to her work. When I went to college, I majored in Graphic Design and decided to take a photography class. It was so much fun and I have a competitive nature, so I always tried to have better photos than my classmates. Having that integrity pushed me to learn more and faster than others in the class. I kept with it because I enjoyed it.
How would you describe your vision and style?
My vision changes month to month/day to day so it’s hard to answer that. My style however is that I often try to keep balance a priority in most all of my photos. Weight is very important to me in a photo. Editing is another sector of my style. Desaturated a small amount while keeping color
How would you describe your intentions every time you pick up your camera?
I don’t usually have any other intentions than shoot more/grow more. Sometimes, I’ll have an idea or a vision and I’ll just go out and do it or set it up with a stylist, models or anything that’s in the vision wether it be buying props or scouting for a perfect location to execute the idea.
What do you do with your self criticism?
I chew it and then spit it out. I will never be satisfied and I accept that. I think that’s how artists work gets better or in fact anyone who excels in their craft. If they were satisfied, why would they ever strive to be better or work harder for the next piece or photo? Whenever I think my work is bad, it helps to look at the first photos I took to see my progress. That helps me understand that self criticism is just a moment and isn’t always bad to think. It doesn’t define me or my work as a whole even if I have a stale month or two of work.
What would you say your trademark is?
Not sure if I have a trademark. Someone else could probably answer that better than I can. Maybe simplicity/balance?
What would be your greatest achievement if and when you accomplish it?
It would be outside of photography and it would have something to do with raising a family or teaching the young around me to not take life so seriously. You’ll never get out alive!
What does photography do for you?
It calms me. I am constantly in appreciation for the way the earth looks and the people on it. I love looking at facial features of others. I love it. It’s a visual documentation of my life and my artistic eye.
What inspires you to get out there and shoot?
My photography friends who are constantly shooting for the love of it. Also, the rare bangers that I might grab. That keeps me going out for more.