Tysonne Winter Ralston
q: Your main subject in your photography is people (obviously), what part or parts of a person do you want to show?
a: Overt vanity in some, disregard in others and private showings of self in a few - hopefully the majority. I am very interested in vulnerability and sometimes slight forms of degradation; that said I want to show someone’s beauty in whatever form that may manifest. I guess the inner workings of a person, or people, meaning you can pick and choose what you want from an image and then create your own ideas of that person. I really enjoy when people pose for a photo how it is often a conscious effort for them to create an identity for themselves for others to see.
q: What usually goes through your head when you click the shutter button?
a: Butterflies of anxiety and excitement. Sometimes I lack enjoyment in photography and it is more of a compulsion.
q: Photographers that inspire you?
a: At the moment my inspiration mainly comes from cinema and music. The film by Wim Wenders Wings of Desire I saw a few years ago - there are some pretty incredible sequences in that. Control is another film, directed by photographer Anton Corbijn, which is visually incredibly beautiful. And then there is the film Daisies. I am not too sure what to say about Daisies, too much, so perhaps watch it.
q: Any new music to recommend?
a: HTRK. Not just their records but also their mixtapes. Listen to the ‘Romantic Mixtape’ – it is on the HTRK website for free.