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The Sandstone Life: Photos from Tyler

A few months ago, I interviewed Tyler about his recent acquisition of a Canon AE1-Program. This early 80s film camera takes amazing shots but requires some “lost art” photography skills. You can read the interview and check out some earlier photos here.

Contemplating the business to come

One of the pleasures and pains of such an old school film camera is the lack of instant feedback and accessibility of photos. Instead, the photographer must do his best to set up the shot and then wait until the roll of film is finished to get the images developed.

Lizz celebrating at the base of Delicate Arch

Tyler typically buys black and white film. The shades of gray can tell a different story. Instead of wearing some neon green Prana T-shirt to distinguish climber from nature, the subjects blend with the rock.

Hoping for some face holds

Some of his best shots have come from timeless wind blown sandscapes and can lend a different perspective without enhancing the reds or dulling the greens.

The AE1 Program with the B&W film give some unique images.

During our most recent trip to the desert, Tyler scaled an Indian ladder to the top of an unknown splitter west of Moab.

The sandstone on this climb felt like the floor of a wood shop.

From a tenuous ledge, he caught some great pictures that tell the struggle of the chossy route that hadn’t been completed in years.

Mentally exhausted, covered in choss and ready for more

Many thanks to Tyler for contributing his photos. We look forward to his next roll and the stories it tells!

E.F.R. - So good to see the visual work here as well as the use of “old school” photographic tactics. Yay!March 8, 2011 – 6:38 pm

Tyler - Thanks for putting these up, Adam!March 9, 2011 – 11:37 pm

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