Shayd grew up on Vancouver Island in the heart of the Pacific Northwest. He was fortunate to grow up in the outdoors and from a young age, learned how to scuba dive, surf, canoe & camp. A few short trips to Los Angeles after high-school lead him into the creative market where he developed his passion for photography. When he is not shooting, Shayd enjoys barbecuing, cycling, craft beer and beach fires. He has a creative loft space in Vancouver, but tries to escape the city whenever possible. Header photo by Jake Dyson
WHAT'S INSIDE YOUR LANGLY?
Hasselblad 500c with 80mm & Canon 5D MKII with 50mm. Yashica T3, Kodak Portra 35mm & 120 film. UE Boom portable music player, 15inch MacBook Pro, Beer.
WHAT MOTIVATES YOU TO EXPLORE?
'Getting out there' inspires me to think in a different way, at this point I don't need motivation to go exploring, but I guess what pushes me to get outdoors is firstly a love for nature & wildlife, but also for keeping my spirit grounded. It's easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the city, but when you reach a point in the outdoors where all you can hear is the sounds of the waters and forest, you can actually start to let go and open your mind to new creative possibilities.
WHERE DO YOU FIND YOUR INSPIRATION?
I usually find inspiration when i'm out of my element. I can easily find it when i'm travelling, just from seeing something new, or a new angle or a new colour tone, but being inspired in my element is much harder, when you are consistently seeing the same things, it's hard to find new perspective on them, I guess that ties in to why i'm motivated to go exploring.
FILM VS DIGITAL?
I missed the ages of darkroom by a couple of years growing up, so when I started shooting, I was using a digital SLR. I didn't pick up film until about 2 years ago, and since then for most of my personal work I have been shooting film.
WHAT'S YOUR MOST MEMORABLE PHOTO?
My most memorable photo is this portrait I shot in a wheat field in Oregon. It's tough to choose just one memorable photo, but I just love the mood, lighting & tone of this image.