Often times, we aim to highlight work from influential artists. Photographers, filmmakers, designers, you name it – we love it all. In January of this year, Photographer Tyler Shields shot a series of photographs featuring Colton Haynes and Emily Bett Rickards that were included in Vanity Fair spreads. The Arrow co-stars were photographed in 1950’s inspired clothing. But at one point, they switch- Emily in Colton’s suit and Colton in Emily’s dress. “If a person like Colton was to do something like this in the 50s it would have been a huge faux pas,” says Shields. With celebrities like Emma Roberts, Lindsay Lohan, Colton Haynes and Aaron Paul as his subjects, it’s no surprise that Shields has become one of the more famous photographers today, but we’d like to show some of the work that proves he’s more than a celebrity photographer.
The former professional inline skater turned photographer is no stranger to hyper-realism and iconoclastic types of work, pushing the boundaries. That’s what is most attractive about his art… he’s not afraid to capture a woman in a tug-of-war with an alligator over a Birkin bag. With influences clearly derivative of iconic photographers such as Annie Leibovitz, Guy Bourdin, and Helmut Newton, Shields still maintains his own style for himself and his work that’s difficult to overlook.
Shields’ most recent exhibition Decadence was hosted by Imitate Modern in collaboration with Maddox Gallery in London, February of this year. Though they look like oil paintings, the below photographs were indeed shot with a Hasselblad.