Originally from London, England and now residing in the fantastic city of Montreal.
My obsession with photography was developed almost by accident. I have had a lifelong adoration for magazines and newspapers and had big dreams of following the family tradition of writing. Strangely enough, the thought that somebody was out there capturing all these images that went along with the articles and stories never really occurred to me – until it did. I have been a journalist, writing for magazines and newspapers since I was fifteen years old. Covering the local music scene mainly, but not exclusively. Then, one day, a press accreditation I had applied for came back as a photo pass. Never one to pass up an experience, I borrowed a camera and set off to shoot this event. The results were hideous but the hook was in my skin and my addiction began right there on that day. Today, photography is all I want to do. When I’m not shooting, you can bet I’m thinking about my next shoot or event.
It’s funny – I’ve owned cameras for as far back as I can remember. I have clear memories of my childhood summer’s, wandering around historical sites in the United Kingdom with my family and a point and click camera, covered in soccer stickers, strapped around my wrist. I still have that camera, as a matter of fact, although it stopped working many years ago. There’s still a half exposed roll of film in it, too. Mystery film from a long ago time. Part of me wants to develop it, but part of me likes the mystery and suspense that comes with it.
While studying Commercial Photography at Dawson College, one of my teachers during a speech to the class, suggested that we spend at least twenty minutes a day looking at good photography. I still do that on a daily basis. Most of the time, twenty minutes isn’t enough and I end up lost in the vortex of my books and work that is readily available to see online. Learning at an institution like Dawson College was something that helped bring my image creating process further along, helping my creative mind put thoughts to paper – yes, I do still print my work.
I work in several areas of the photography world, but all of my works have a similar influence to them. That partially stems from a strong interest in documentary films and the above mentioned love of newspapers and magazines. That, and a playful lust for framing my shots in peculiar ways has helped me develop my own style, and I really hope people that take the time to glance over my images feel the same way.
I shoot a lot of live music and sporting events, and thoroughly enjoy every second of it. From behind my cameras and lenses, it feels as if I am sharing a moment with these athletes and musicians. Perhaps because I do spend so much time looking over the works of other photographers, seeing what that saw throughout the years. I enjoy the intimate sessions, too. Working on portraits or capturing life’s amazing moments – it’s all gravy.
My name is Kieron Yates, and I am looking forward to capturing your life moments for you.