Monday, 14 February 2011

Interview with king of the camera Ryan Tatar

Ryan Tatar is so much more than a photographer. Each image appears to have been totally hand-crafted, completely unique from one another, a true work of art. The awesome unpredictabilty of working with film can be seen through his photos. Film burns and light leaks compliment the vivid colours behind them, capturing the raw essence of surf lifestyle and ocean culture as it is. I love this guys work, I hope there's lots more to come.

So who are you?
My name is Ryan, I'm 32, and living in the San Francisco bay area.

Who and what inspires you?
My fiance Joanie, my family, cold mornings with hot french pressed organic coffee, a good book, film, the great outdoors, chest high and glassy.

Maine, 2009

Do you have a camera that you use the most? What do you like about it?
I have a bunch of cameras and like them all very much. My workhorse though is a mint fully manual 35mm Nikon that I picked up 6 months ago or so. Before that acquisition I had been working mostly with vintage cameras with broken light meters. It's nice to get a perfect exposure now when you need it. I like that its reliable and has great glass... takes stunning images. I also like the leather strap attached to it which my friend from Japan picked up for me.

Any memorable thrift store finds?
I haven't gone thrifting (at least successfully) in some time, but a year or two ago I scored an amazing set of vintage blue suitcases that I keep most of my camera equipment in. They are adorned with some ragged surf shop and movie stickers, and have some great retro stripes along the edges.

Michel Junod 120mm, 2010

What is it about surfing and the ocean that tickles your fancy?
I've always had a connection with the ocean and water. There's something about it... it's just majestic and it washes away the dust from everyday life. I feel surfing is almost a communion of sorts with nature. Being outside and getting away from everyday life is very important for balance and happiness. I like documenting certain aspects of surf culture that accentuate the things about it that I find agreeable and inspiring.

Tea or coffee?
Both, but mostly coffee.

Winter Beard, 2009

Big Sur Polaroid #1, 2010

What projects have you got up your sleeve?
I've got several artist series collabs with apparel companies coming out in Japan, the US, and Australia which has been fun. The Japanese company will be featuring my work in their flagship store in Tokyo. It's exciting. I also just finished writing an article for some film I shot back in October on a surf contest in Santa Cruz. I'm not too into competitive surfing, so I tried to shoot a different take on it. It should be out next month.

Where can we expect to see you in the future?
Maui. I'm getting married to an incredible gal there this summer and can't wait to get the whole family out there for some logging, hiking, and exploring. 


  1. Thanks for the interview Maggie. Love your site... it has alot of amazing stuff on it. Cheers,

  2. If you've got an iPhone 5 (or later, an iPad 4 (or later), an iPad mini 2 or later or a sixth-gen iPod touch, your device is officially rated as iOS 10-compatible, and you can update to iOS 10 for free from Cydia can get iOS 10 Download link from CydiaNerd.