all images courtesy of Myles Loftin
Introducing the CF Photo Series, where we will be featuring the work of a single extraordinary photographer, throughout 2019. In this series, we are creating a monthly digital installation of the photographers work based a series of words. We are proud to present our 2019 CF Photo Series photographer, Myles Loftin.
Already well-known at a young age for his work that addresses race, gender, politics and beauty, Myles also creates vital representation of our culture. His work can be seen in Dazed, I.D, The Fader and VFiles amongst others.
While prepping for his semester in London, photographer Myles gave us a call to discuss his work.
What is your favorite book?
The Phantom Tollbooth, by Norton Juster. I love the fantasy about a boy that went on an adventure.
Do you see similarities with you? Your life is about to embark on a new adventure.
I suppose so. There are parts that may relate, but all.
How would you describe the intention of your work?
Core theme in my work is representation because over the years I realize how much of responsibly image makers have. We shape what the world looks like and what others look like. I want to take that power and use it for something good. Not just contribute to problematic imagery.
If an installation of your work had music, what songs must be on it?
Frank Ocean, Pink + Whiteis the most important
Maybe Strawberry Swing?
Is there a medium of art you would like to do?
I’m getting into video. Mainly as a requirement for school but I have been doing assignments based on that and watching a lot of short film “Crack That Wrist” On my new video piece, I was initially nervous because this was the first piece of work talking about my own sexually.
I’d also be open doing music. In another life.
I’m trying to find the same visual language between photography and film. Video seems harder. The requirement of planning is a lot more involved and that can give me anxiety.
You can feel the speed of work when switching from still to film?
When I was first starting photography, I felt that I had to rush my pace for the sake of the audience. Then, I discovered that one of my heroes would take months into fully realize a project, so I felt inspired to go at my own pace.
I think this same path will happen with my filmmaking.
Do you enjoy being the model/subject in photography?
It feels natural to be in front of and behind the camera. Started with self-portrait out of necessity.
I also enjoy seeing how others photograph me. When I am the subject, I don’t feel the need to control that. I trust others as I know how others would feel when I am behind the camera.
Tell me about a secret crush?
Can’t think of one right now…I like Rihanna
But that is no secret.