Tyson Ernste Photography: Incredible and Experimental Photographs

Tyson Ernste is a photography student at the HKU University of the Arts in Utrecht. He is 23 years old and he has been living in Rotterdam for a year now.

Tyson’s early childhood was all about dance. He was completely sold when he first came in contact with dance and started out from the age of 4. This means Tyson’s been dancing for over 19 years now but nowadays a lot less intense since he discovered his other passion, photography. It’s been a pleasure for us to take an interview with Tyson Ernste and learn some interesting facts of his biography. We wish you a pleasant reading and viewing of Tyson Ernste photography.

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MAGDA – ILOVE project

AP: Hi Tyson, it’s a great pleasure for us to meet you. Hope you will enjoy the interview questions that we’ve prepared for you today. So please tell us what got you started?

Tyson: Four years ago I was introduced to photography in a separate side-course provided by my school at the time. It was through these courses that I discovered my new passion whilst working in the studio. I used my mother’s cheap 40 euro digital camera and started photographing.

I began shooting my girlfriend at the time while she was still a fashion blogger. I did this consistently every week for 3 years straight to improve my composition skills.

I draw my inspiration namely from dance of which creative process I try to apply on my photography.

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THE VOID project

AP: This is incredible! Do you have any formal education in photography or were you self-taught?

Tyson: Before applying at the HKU, I was already doing a lot of photography on my own. I draw inspiration from dance and music of which I try to apply hands-on in my work.

AP: What genre are your photos?

Tyson: I see myself as an art fashion editorial photographer.

AP: I’m sure you are on the right way and do a great job! How would you describe your works?

Tyson: I don’t know, what do you think Serge?

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MINDLOOP project

AP: I see your works as vivid, incredible and experimental with a pleasant feeling of continuation. What inspired you to start working on MINDLOOP project?

Tyson: I started imagining a new world and made sketches. This inspired me to experiment with new materials and create a colour palette. After laying a foundation for MINDLOOP, I already felt that I had to think in extremes and build big.

All my sets are built in our living room. I like to use all the material that I have at hand and find in my environment. This working process allows me to have more time to experiment and be flexible in my approach. The real creative process begins when the models arrive in the set and where I have to lead.

Everyone has their own perception on what Mindloop stands for, it’s emotionally stimulating, which excites me. For me, Mindloop is a translation of my feelings, stagnancy, being trapped somewhere forever, hitting rock bottom. These projections of me into my work made up an interesting series of photos.

Tyson Ernste Photography

MINDLOOP project

AP: What kind of equipment and techniques do you use to take such pictures?

Tyson: I like to experiment with all kinds of materials, textures, forms. This can range from items I find in hardware stores, things that lie inside and around the house. I try to set limits for myself by only working with a very tight budget. This forces me to experiment.

As for my camera, I use a Leica M8 rangefinder with a 35mm 1.4 lens and that’s all.

AP: What is the formula for success in your activity?

Tyson: Every project I do means success. If it doesn’t turn out the way I had wanted, there’s always something to learn from it.

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AFRO SAMURAI project

AP: This is a nice approach! Is there someone who supports you in your creativity?

Tyson: I live with 3 other friends in a house in Rotterdam. Every single one of them has their own creative passion they’re pursuing, dance, music, animation. I’m very grateful to have my friends around me because they criticize my work best and point out most of the time I have to work on my conception skills. This agitates me sometimes, but I do also realize this is what is going to push me further.

AP: Tell us three lessons you believe are really important for every photographer?

Tyson: The only advice I could give is: What have you never seen before? Express your creativity and go create it!

Tyson, thank you so much for sharing such a wonderful story! Your work is incredible! We wish you, great success, continued inspiration and many more other creative projects. To learn more about Tyson Ernste photography please visit his personal website.

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CHOCOLATE project

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WATER ON THE MOON project

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THE VOID project

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MINDLOOP project

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LA TREMOR project

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