Would you mind introducing yourself? Hey hey hey, My name is Yuot (pronounced like the boat) Tut and I'm originally from Sudan but moved to Calgary, Canada when I was 6. I currently work with kids with autism and do photography as a passionate hobby that I'm just letting guide me where-ever.
Yuot’s Instagram - @yachtsyuot
How would you describe your style of photography? That's a tough question! I started shooting landscape because that's what was around me around and what Alberta is known for. However, after being exposed to different mediums and just shooting a ton, I would describe it as a lot of street/city shoots and portraits, editorial. I think I just like colour in general!
When did you first fall in love with taking photos? It was the summer of 2016 and I was sitting in Revolver Coffee Shop in Vancouver looking through my very first roll of film that had just been printed. I was shocked at that I took those photos and how amazing they turned out. There was just something about film; the process of setting up your shot, composition, iso, and subject but still not being 100% sure how it will turn out really was the turning point. After looking at those prints I knew that I wanted to pursue photography more, especially film. Ever since I've grown more appreciative of waiting for the perfect time, colours involved with film and its timelessness.
Do you have a favourite photography related memory, whether it be in front or behind the camera? I just recently got back from Europe! At the beginning of the trip I shot mainly on digital and film, but more and more I shot on film and less on digital. To the point where for the entire second half of the trip it was all shot on film. I was a little scared at first but SUPER excited on how they're going to turn out. The reason I stopped taking digital photos on that trip was that after 8 hours of walking the Canon 6D gets really heavy and I felt that the film complemented the architecture of Europe more. Plus it was easier to get candid photos of people.
Who/What inspires your photography? A lot of photography has been inspired by Fred Herzog, who is literally the pioneer of early colour street photography. Gordon Parks and early street photographers that shoot on film. The emotion and character of that era that was captured by them is just something that can never be reproduced. And Joe Greer, his colours and street photography is where I set the bar that I want to leap over.
Camera & Editing Process? I use a Canon 6D for my digital shoots and for film I shoot on a 1940's Leica IIIC screw mount. My editing process is pretty straightforward, at least to me. I use Lightroom to edit all of my photos usually going for a bright film look. Then from there, I email it to myself so I can download it on my phone to put it through Photocollage for sizing and then onto Squaready for the white borders.
Are there any tips you would like to give to anyone out there who would love to create similar style photos to yours? Honestly, the best way I found is to pick up a camera and shoot anything and everything. Document your life. If you really want to challenge yourself try film it'll open up a new world of photography. Never forget why it is you're shooting and shoot, shoot, shoot!
What would be your number one dream destination for a photography adventure? OOhh there are so many great places on this beautiful planet of ours. The top of my list is tied between Cuba, India, and Thailand. The colours in these places and the cultures that each place respectfully holds would be amazing to document, especially on film.
Which time of year is your favourite for taking photographs? Spring and Fall. I'm not a big fan of the heat or the cold, so those two seasons are a great in-between for me. I absolutely love how the fall colours make everything so beautiful. How spring brings new life into everything after the dead of winter.
The coolest place you've ever been? Kenya! I went to a British International high school there. The things I saw and got to experienced there were just incredible. From hiking Mt. Kenya to doing water distribution in the dry season to the villages in the rift valley. The only thing I regret is that I was not into photography then, but I plan on visiting family down there soon.
Do you have any upcoming photography trips/sessions that you would like to share? I recently got to work with Stutterheim, a Swedish jacket company that makes amazing rain jackets. I'm tentatively planning on driving down the coast to San Fran in the spring and Europe in the summer again.
Anything extra you would like to share? Keep shooting and working hard that's the only way to get better at anything. Feel free to check out my website https://www.yuottut.com/ where I have prints available. I can also do custom prints of any photo you see on there that you like. If you're a hippo magazine fan enjoy a 25% discount with code 'Hippo25'.
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