A Series of Intimate Portraits
Tyson Millar is a man of the people.
You would think that a camera wielding man of his stature—complete with long flowing locks—would be intimidating to some. But there’s something about Tyson’s relaxed nature can get anyone to open up, no matter the culture or the situation. He recently returned from the depths of Kyrgyzstan, in Central Asia, where he spent four weeks documenting people, landscapes and a unique way of life. Enjoy the stories behind some of Tyson’s recent portraits, then head over to his website to check out more of his work.
Eagle Hunter, Bokonbayevo, Kyrgyzstan (2017)
Ruslan with his three year old golden eagle Karacus. Ruslan was trained by his father in his teens, and he now does most of his hunting in the desolate, cold winters; often deep in the mountains to the south east of the country on the border of Tajikistan.
Kevin Parker, Perth WA (2017)
I travelled to West Oz for a wedding in March of this year. It was a three day, full-blown bender thanks to a tight work schedule. I was whisked away by mates waiting at the airport straight to a bucks-do, bound for a penthouse hotel room over looking the city. I was a wreck within hours of landing. The next day I woke to find myself in Kevin Parker’s studio with the groom-to-be recording some shit (they’re mates from a while back). He really is a musical master. Here’s the conductor orchestrating a digital symphony—at least it fucking felt like it.
Eve Three Stories up, Sydney NSW (2015)
Eve and I met on a day trip to the northern beaches a few years back, I wound up shooting her out the side of a three storey apartment block. We threw down some backing roll and had the light bouncing off just about everything. She’s so fun to work with, there’s no holds barred with her.
Horseman, Kyrgyzs-Chinese Border (2017)
The horsemen of Kyrgyzstan are serious humans. They work hard and are super-industrious, they tend to have a rational solution for everything. Their main focus seems to be getting through the day and providing for their family—a weird paradox when you think about it.
Seaweed Farmer, King Island (2016)
Harvesting bull kelp is a sizeable industry for the Tasmanian territory of King Island. Russell had been working as a seaweed plant operator for the past four years. It’s one of those jobs that whether it’s raining, hailing or stinging hot you’re still going to wind up smelling pretty special by the end of the day.
Family Farmers, Kazakhstan (2017)
I spooked more than just myself when I was crossing a prairie to shoot some landscapes in the middle of nowhere Kazakhstan and stumbled across this family moving their cow closer to home. I ended up spending about 45 mins trying so hard to converse with them. In the end we parted ways having learned completely nothing about each other. But we all seemed to enjoy the entertaining circular conversation.
Ty “Tonky” Somerville Surfing Tasmania (2016)
Hands-down Tasmania has some of the richest surf coastline in Aus. It’s just too fuggin’ cold for the average hack. Crystal clear beachies or dark, kelpy reef breaks; it’s a choose your own adventure scenario. Tonks is a wave pig, a graceful yet gangly surfer who out-surfs anyone I know, even with four to five millimetres of rubber on.