With this being my first blog post for the new website, I thought I'd be a little vulnerable and come out from behind the camera to share a few musings on photography.
Photography for me has become a way I process the world around me. I am wired to "do" rather than to "be" and photography has cultivated the Being. I inherently have to slow down, observe, listen, and rest in stillness to capture even the most active subject. This has translated to an understanding that even in the most chaotic of circumstances, I can remain resolute in my own calm. There is no perfection here however, only practice, so I keep showing up.
Another life teaching from my camera has been how much I value connection. Connection with people of all backgrounds, ages, leanings as well as connection to the world around me. These connections allow me to feel seen and heard but they also give me the opportunity to offer that same gift to others. Famed photographer Steve McCurry says "If you wait, people will forget your camera, and the soul will drift up into view." Connection with another soul is a spiritual place to be. It allows for all the pretenses, the masks and the roles we play to melt away while we find commonality in our aliveness.
In recent years, I have been profoundly impacted by how photography can challenge cultural narratives, shift imagery and inspire emotions in an accessible way. This visual storytelling as I call it, can educate and engage an audience through authentic images. This is the future of my work, I hope, as I collaborate with incredible change makers in my local community of Raleigh, NC and throughout the country.
Thank you for taking the time to read about me and Tyler Cunningham Photography. I hope you'll come back to this blog often and I welcome a dialogue about how best to tell your unique story. Gratefully, Tyler Cunningham