Rylan Steele is an established artist and Associate Professor of Photography at Columbus State University. Rylan has exhibited photographs in numerous regional and national exhibition spaces over the last few years. His work has been included in exhibitions at the Georgia Museum of Contemporary Art, the Houston Center for Photography, the Light Factory in Charlotte, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, and the Detroit Center for Photography.
Why do you photograph on film?
I photograph on film because I need the quality of film’s description, not only in terms of detail, but in film’s ability to render atmosphere. Additionally, film has allowed me to render the greatest possible latitude of light and spectrum and color with the large format camera.
What is your work about?
The photographs included in this submission focus on the Catholic community of Ave Maria, Florida, which was established by Tom Monaghan, founder of Domino’s Pizza. Ave Maria, established in 2007, is not a gated community, but it does exist in a remote location primarily bordered by rural communities and wildlife conservation areas. My interests lie in looking at the place, to observe how the community develops following its artificial creation.