RYLAND HORMEL stumbled into photography after completing his final college soccer season and began looking for a new activity to devote his time. He then discovered the synergy between photography and exploring the outdoors. Ryland is always on the move, sleeping in the back of his truck while finding the most beautiful and remote places he can.
Born and raised in the iconic Haight Ashbury neighborhood in San Francisco, Ryland’s passion for photography began just as his college soccer career was ending. Realizing athletics had an expiration date after sustaining a series of injuries, he yearned to dive into a new pursuit, one that he could sustain and would complement his lifestyle. The camera was the right path to both. What started as a hobby slowly grew into a professional career. He has worked in both the commercial and documentary space and his photography was first published in Trope Chicago.
Today, Ryland describes his approach to shooting as loose and free, striving to listen, remain in the moment and not let preconceptions get in the way. He sees the camera as a bridge—connecting to a new realm of life. Aside from his photography projects, he designed and led an Artist Incubator Program with the non-profit TA98, is a co-host of the Live Better Retreats, is producing his first documentary film and holds an MFA degree from California Institute of Integral Studies. He lives on his boat in the Bay Area with his dog Moose and is on a mission to create work and experiences that connect people with themselves and others.
Ryland's work is featured in Trope Chicago, part of the Trope City Editions series, a collection of urban and architectural photography books of cities by today’s emerging photographers.
206 amazing Chicago images from 27 emerging photographers, reproduced on museum quality uncoated paper, hardbound.
Camera Clique: An immersive all-angles exploration of Chicago by Stephen Ostrowski
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