In talks with – Photographer Nathan Cyprys.
Toronto based photographer Nathan Cyprys speaks to us about his work, his background and the way he does things.
What’s up Nathan, how are you doing today?
Hey Ed, I’m doing pretty well.
Can you introduce yourself to us and tell us a bit about who you are and what your background is?
I’m a 24 year old photographer/artist living in Toronto (Canada). I graduated from OCAD in 2010 with a BFA in Photography. Since then I’ve learned there’s a lot of different ways to pay your bills but making art probably isn’t the easiest one, yet it’s the most spiritually rewarding. I can’t picture myself ever stopping.
The photos we’ve featured, to me they all have a quite spacious and cold feel to them, would you agree? Tell us about the images from your perspective.
Yes, I’d definitely agree. I usually go for a particular atmosphere that comes across as desolate or melancholic. My subject matter doesn’t always remain the same, but I find some of the colour palette and the posing of my subjects affects this mood in the images. I think this consistent atmosphere is sort of what makes the images recognisably my own, at least I hope.
Do you have a favourite shoot or set of photos that you have created?
Picking just one favourite seems unfair. However, I am really pleased with how the image of the pop bottle erupting turned out. It’s titled <alt=”shit, piss, fuck, cunt, cocksucker, motherfucker, tits” />; it’s sort of like George Carlin meets new media. It took some patience and a lot of luck to perfectly capture that mushroom cloud-esque explosion (it’s not digitally manipulated). It was also really fun to mix baking soda and vinegar like a grade 6 science experiment; the studio was a mess after.
What’s next for you?
I’ll be spending the summer working on a film project with a former professor of mine, Nicholas Pye ( http://www.nickandsheila.com/ ), which I’m pretty excited about since I quite admire his work.
Where do you draw inspiration from?
I look at a lot of photography books and magazines, as well as a lot of images online. We’re bombarded with images every day, they’re bound to affect my aesthetic choices. I try to be as conscious of it as possible. Inspirations for specific images usually come from unexpected places though: something I’ll see at a party, something I find in a junk shop, someone I’ve met in a bar, these sorts of encounters and every day occurrences. It’s less of a matter of looking for inspiration, but rather being open and accepting of it in every day life.
What are you listening to at the moment?