Respecting Your Power and Embracing Authenticity in Photography with Lory Lyon

group of people clumped together

Where do you look for inspiration?

Authenticity. Shapes. Queer people. People who don't fit social norms. People who have a story to tell. People who are their authentic self.

person dancing in colorful tracksuit

Do you have a favorite Pride song or queer anthem?

Haha! Yes, So I live in New York, but raised in Texas! So, naturally, it's Miranda Lambert's "Y'all Means All!"

person in red outfit with one colorful glove

How would you describe your first Pride? 

In one word: FREEDOM.

ballerina dancing and dressed in black

What subject draws you to take a photo of it? 

Shapes. Movement. Energy. Most of all, vulnerability.  

person laying on floor in yellow room with landline phone

Can you share some tips on how you shoot your images? 

Connecting and developing a trust with the person you are photographing is how the magic happens. I turn on a playlist and allow the dancer / person to improvise to the beats. I sometimes even have the subject pull a tarot card to help them find an intention for their shoot. Intention is everything. 

dancer with green background

What's the secret? Are there specific types of equipment for taking these kinds of photos? 

Give your subject freedom. Accept the present moment and never force anything that is not working naturally. You can't force anything in life, and surely not a photograph.

That is one thing about movement-it is always fleeting and rarely can be recreated. We cannot resist what is. The best equipment you can show up with is your good energy, flexibility for magic to happen, and a present mind. 

black and white theme with dancer

What has been your biggest challenge in pursuing a career in photography? 

Saying "no" to the things that don't make me feel alive. Learning to say "no" to things that don't bring me joy. As an artist living in New York City, it's sometimes hard not to take on work that provides rent for that month. It can sometimes be hard to respect our power and not take on a job that doesn't serve our highest good. It's important to honor and value our craft as a photographer. 

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Do you have any creative projects you’re currently working on that you’d like to share? 

Lesbians are Miracles! @lesbiansaremiracles

We are an intersectional, queer-positive podcast and art magazine that celebrates queer, dyke, and lesbian culture, current events, art, poetry, and artists. I am also director of photography for Dancegeist Magazine. A new kind of dance media uplifting queer and marginalized voices-by the dance community, for the dance community.

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