A few of my favorite shots from 2014.
It was an incredible year and I have already started working on my new series for 2015 very excited to show you what is coming!
After reading an article in my home town Folio weekly about a city council men named Clay Yarborough walking into the Moca and seeing something he did not like and demeaning all funding be pulled from the museum and the art be destroyed I realized something Clay Yarborough is a brat with small child thinking syndrome. I was recently with a 7 year old (photo down below) who does not act with such childish distain for humanity.. I want to start by saying something I make my living from selling art I take the photographs they go to galleries and people buy them every so often I do a book or a movie and from that i am able to feed an army full of people. my assistant is my best friend whom we grew up together in Jacksonville skating at Kona skatepark, I buy woodsy BBQ sauce online and have it shipped to me, all that being said I am fine this doesn’t effect me, what it does effect is the ever growing population of artists out there who work everyday creating and taking photos trying to get to the level of making a living from it and people like Mr. Yarborough are trying to take food out of those artists mouths, how dare he demand funding to be cut, how dare he label art as pornography, its this childish thinking that will cripple you and your city. Now as an artist i know Mr. Yarborough is entitled to his opinion as is every person on this planet, you don’t have to like the photograph you don’t have to like any photograph, but as an elected official you are abusing your power and your city won’t stand for it. If Moca needs me I am there, I would like to donate something to the museum I would also like to praise the wonderful mayor Alvin Brown for standing his ground. I say this to Mr. Yarborough and this is what I say to anyone who doesn’t like my work “If you don’t like it don’t look at no one is forcing you” my hope from all this none sense is that the city comes together and supports the MOCA.
Signed Tyler Shields
One of my all time favorite photographs (that I have taken) was just featured in the phillips auction in Barclays square. As the photo has been sold out for quite some time and no one who owns it has ever sold it this is the first time it has ever changed hands from original owner. Phillips has an amazing collection for this Auction check out the entire show here… Phillips
The Silver Shadow series will be on display starting October 18th at the Imitate Modern gallery in London. A huge thanks to everyone at Red camera for giving me the new Dragon for this you can see a few stills from it below also check out the behind the scenes video and the video portrait “Silver Shadow” to see more. I have to give another huge thanks to the guys at Panavision for outfitting me with a custom Primo lens for my still camera, I met with them and we have a few great ideas this was our first test together and the result was something even better then I could have imagined, when you see the quality on the large prints you can really see the magic of Panavision and the unique look it created for me.
For as long as I can remember I’ve lived by the motto, “A camera is just an expensive paper weight if you don’t use it”. For years, I only owned two cameras that I used diligently. As life progressed, my creativity expanded beyond the realm of two cameras. The same way you need tools to build a house, you need creative tools to create the things you dream of. I used to think, “Why would anyone buy an expensive camera?” “Why would I need gear?” “Why not make due with what you have?” Truth is, you don’t really need expensive equipment or the extra camera. You don’t have to shoot film. Most people can get by with a semi-cheap camera. But I felt that in order to push myself creatively, I was ready for the next level. This journey began while using an old Canon AE-1 which I took with me to London during a gallery trip, I loved it small and easy to take anywhere this started me back into film where I had began years before my first camera was a cheap film camera that had a crack in the lens but it took wonderful photo’s, sadly when I started out I could not afford film so I would shoot only 3 photos per shoot and after 10 shoots I would develop the film, but as time goes on you get away from that you get used to digital you get comfortable and comfort can be a terrible thing. So completely randomly and for no real reason A few years back, I started shooting a project with a Leica R8 (an old film camera that was given to me as a gift).
This camera was unlike any camera I had ever used and required patience. All of this was quickly forgotten when I saw the results of the photos. This was truly different and unique to anything I had ever produced. It took me back to when I would wait a month or two to see one roll of film and I liked it I enjoyed the waiting.
Since then, as I was working on a new series I was fortunate enough to be given a Hasselblad H system. For those who don’t know the Hasselblad, it’s a big, heavy camera. It’s slow and much different than any camera I had ever used before. This is a camera I never thought I would buy. But after shooting with the Hasselblad once, I was hooked. It was the exact tool I never knew I needed. This camera not only changed the way I had to shoot, it changed me. It changed my idea of possibility. It forced me to have patience and that was the best thing that ever happened to me. From there I started playing with 4×5 and shooting old medium format Hasselblad film cameras. I got an old Toyo 4×5 and started experimenting with borrowed film cameras from friends, I was curious I wanted to try as many different camera’s as I could the idea that there was a perfect combination out there for me was exciting!
I know a lot of people say they would never buy an expensive camera. Do you need one? No. But experimenting with different cameras could change the way you view the world. That is something you can’t put a price on. Photography is not about convenience. Photography is about taking time to capture something no one else in the world can capture. It’s about going that extra mile. It’s about creating or capturing a moment in time and making it last forever. All that being said, next time you go shoot something make it precious. Challenge yourself. Don’t be afraid to push your own boundaries. If you do that, I promise you this right now, you will be glad you did.
A love letter to the camera’s I have worked with, below I have posted some behind the scenes photos from some of my recent shoots.
A year and a half ago I received a Leica R8 35mm film camera it was at that time everyone I knew was going through break ups relationships were ending a rapid rate and it just so happened a series I had been wanting to do for some time was portraits of people crying.
Half of these people were in relationships with each other can you guess which ones?
Only one 1 roll of film was used per person.