Photographer to Follow: @Mylesloftin

Photographer to Follow: @Mylesloftin

20-year-old photographer Myles Loftin addresses societal taboos one frame at a time.

20-year-old photographer Myles Loftin addresses societal taboos one frame at a time.

Text: Czar Van Gaal

20-year-old photographer Myles Loftin uses his lens to photograph topics that most consider taboo. In early 2017, Loftin garnered attention for his project “Hooded,” which aimed to alter society's perceptions of black boys and men who wear hooded sweatshirts. With headlines of unarmed black young men being killed by police appearing regularly on the news, “Hooded" was a ray of sunshine during a rather dark period. The project featured images of cheerful black boys dressed in bright colored hoodies. This was Loftin’s response to how an image search of “black boy in hoodie” contrasted from the search “white boy in hoodie.” The simple search revealed a severe bias towards black men, so Loftin took it upon himself to create change.

Themes that the young photographer has explored also include masturbation and the gender binary. In the project “Lines of Dysphoria,” Loftin captures the strength and vulnerability of Chella Man, a transgender model, activist and fellow artist. The nude portraits of Chella are an attempt to dispel the myth that there are only two genders, while also sharing the story of how "Rachel" became Chella. 

With such a strong voice and so much to say, we look forward to seeing what societal issues and taboos Myles Loftin tackles next. To view more o Loftin's work, follow him on Instagram and check out the gallery below for images of his series, “Hooded” and “Lines of Dysphoria.”

Credits: Photos by Myles Loftin

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