We've teamed up with our local Portlanders for our blog series called Portland Loves You to share their stories, style, favorite places and tips. Get to know your neighbor because they're damn awesome! This weeks crushes are 2 friends who came to our shop and just swept us away with their charm and cool style! Ky and Evan are both full of life and very creative photographers with work that each speaks for itself! Their work inspires us and we totally think you will be too!
Daisy Tee | Some Girls Get High Sweatshirt
Tell us a little bit about yourself:
I'm a Native American photographer and filmmaker currently based in Portland, OR. I started taking photos when I was 17 - and it's been all about creating ever since. I love that film and photography allows us to see from a new perspective. It's ever evolving and I love when it surprises me.
Name three things you need for a productive morning.
- make the bed (it's real)
- fresh air
What do you like to photograph the most?
Currently very interested in a broad definition of portraits. so portraits of people, places, moments. it's been my favorite thing as of late.
Do you have a favorite photograph that you took? If so, what was the story about it?
I do have a certain photo/video in mind: I was recently visiting my dad's family in Iowa (yes the story involves a corn field) and on my last night in Iowa, I got stoned with my dad. I talked about trying to not think about the past or future, but rather soak in the present. he said he can't run because he has bad knees, so I suggested we jog. as we jogged to this path in the seemingly endless corn field, I jumped in a puddle that got both of us a little wet. that crisp cold felt good in the humid evening. I told me dad to stand there so I could get a photo, but I really just wanted him to soak in the lightning bugs and the moment. I took this video on my phone of just nature noises and my dad right in the middle of this path in a corn field, not moving, just absorbing.
Favorite instagram accounts?
going to go w my talented friends (I could list endlessly, but I'll do 6 not in order)
What are your next steps?
more filming. more traveling. more awareness. more creating!!
Find Evans work here: www.evanjamesatwood.com / Follow: @evanjamesatwood
Hemp Crop Tee in Melon
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Hi I'm Ky, short for Kyler. I'm from Montana and I've lived in Portland for almost 4 years now. I'm a photographer, performance artist, runner, bartender/server at a pie shop.
Who/what inspires you?
I draw a lot of my inspiration from painters and music. I try to make sure and not dive too deep into other people's art that's similar to mine, mainly because I don't want their work to taint my own vision. I want to remain as original as possible and I when I'm scrolling through a bunch of artists who do similar work as I on Instagram or tumblr I believe it puts my in position where I feel I need to do something similar because I love someone's look so much.
What emoji do you use the most?
My signature emoji set is 🎀✨for sure, but I'm hecka into 👀 when I'm feeling a little crazy 👀😏, but I do really love 😍 me a good ....🐌✨
How did you get into photography?
I got into photography when I came out in Montana. Kids there weren't really the cutest about it and same goes for my parents. So I stopped being friends with everyone and got into expressing myself through self portraits. The internet really took a liking into my work, so it inspired me to keep going.
What advice would you give to those wanting to start photography?
BITCH. DO WHAT YOU WANT. Please don't let people turn you into a robot for our system. Do what you love. If you find photography is what makes you happy then go for it. Don't make excuse. Get a trash little camera and play around until you get it. I still have no clue what I'm doing half the time, but I know what I want to portray, so I make it work. 💙✨
What are your next steps?
Well... I'm currently in process of working on a magazine that focuses on queer art in the PNW names Bussy. So be on the look out. She's in the works mama. But when it comes to photography, I've never really had a plan with it, it's just always been a tool for me to express myself. Until I dove into the queer community.
Find Ky's work here: www.kybouge.tumblr.com / Follow: @kybouge @letskyky