Tyler Watamanuk is a producer, writer and photographer who was born and raised in sunny westside Los Angeles and currently resides in Brooklyn. His writing and photography have been featured on the likes of Vogue, Complex, Dazed, i-D, What Youth and others.
How did your shoot with Alexa go?
It was wonderful—Alexa has an uncanny ability to light up a room. I’m not sure if it’s her charm or her energy (or perhaps a mix of both), but her presence is truly something special and she is an incredible model. Plus, she really likes Drake.
Can we photograph the female body differently in a more powerful way?
Absolutely. I’ve always held the belief the power of a photo rests with the subject, especially when it comes to intimate portraiture and photographing the female form. As a photographer you strive to stay true to your subject—I’m constantly trying to capture little moments, emotions and glances that may only last a fraction of a second. And the hope is that the image will communicate a feeling that is both powerful and authentic.
What inspires you?
As of lately, comedy. I’ve found it to be a powerful form of art that I had previously overlooked and have recently become enamoured with it.
How would you define beauty?
Beauty is shape-shifting. It can be determined by ever-changing perspectives and moods, and it can show up in places you least expect it. Beauty can never bound by one singular definition and I think that’s part of the appeal.
Film or digital?
What makes you happy?
Love, family and friends, and good hair days.
What’s next for you?
Currently working on photo series for a personal project (my first) and continuing to write as much as possible.