“Someone who has the power to capture time. Photography is forever..for generations.” This is how Ryder describes what a photographer is to her. Atlanta based photographer, Ryder, is a unique and fresh creator behind the lens. With her film photography and perfect concert photos, Ryder’s lens is one that Atlanta knows very well.
Getting her start in 2014, Ryder picked up her own camera while she was a junior in high school. “That was the time I stated to do photography, I was inspired by Tumblr and just looking at other people’s photography but it was nothing serious. I didn’t start taking it seriously until I moved to Atlanta and that was in 2017.” As someone who loves movies, Ryder is most inspired by colors and emotions. “I would say colors inspire me, emotions inspire me and movies. I’m really big on movies. Especially 80s movies.”
“Photos can evoke emotions too. People live on forever in photographs. If someone took a photograph of me right now and I died tomorrow, I would still live on forever”, Ryder when asked more about photography’s impact. From history about photography she talked about how back in the day, it was difficult to film and photograph black people — especially in black and white. It was only when people wanted to photograph things like furniture and other objects that had color that lenses were created to capture darker shades/tones.
Do you feel it’s something anyone can do? “Absolutely, everyone’s a photographer. Especially when it comes to smartphones nowadays, I feel like anyone can take a photo. I feel like what separates someone is their eye, their own vision. But, anyone can do it.” So what does the future hold for Ryder? What advice would she give the future generation? Her ultimate goal? “That one is to take photographs of our generation now so that future generations can see them and be inspired and see how lit we were. For the next generation, learn your camera and know your camera. Love yourself in advance and put the work in now. Do your research. It’s okay to be inspired by others but you shouldn’t copy them. You have to get your own.”
With her notable work with Cam Kirk Studios, Nike, and her Andy Warhol inspired project, Ryder is a force to be reckoned with. Her unique eye for art, how she studies her craft, and is able to capture her vision for us to see.