My photography has been published on Oklahoma Today in 2013 and 2014 and is seen in the Tourism Guide published by the Oklahoma Department of Tourism in 2015. I have won numerous awards including First Place in Still Life at Artist of the Arbuckle Gallery art show 2013, First Place in People at Goddard Center Art Gallery Juried Photography Biennial 2013, Honorable Mention at Goddard Center Art Gallery Juried Art Show 2014, Second Place at Goddard Center Art Gallery Juried Photography Biennial 2015.
I received my first camera at the age of 15. I have been in love with photography, since my first Instamatic picture was developed. I have advanced from that little Instamatic camera I strive to control every aspect of my photography, and capture more that just a picture. I try to capture more that what is seen with just my eye. I try to capture the feeling of the location, the scents that permeated the air and the sounds that I hear, when I quietly listen.
I come by my photographic roots naturally. My father was a photographer. I remember him spending hours in his basement darkroom. I was always fascinated with that dark room, dimly lit by a red light. He would enter the room with a roll of film and emerge with wet pictures hanging from a wire to dry. Today, I enter a brightly lit room with a small card that I put in my computer to 'develop' my photographs. I may still burn and dodge my photographs, but using a different technique
I am reminded, on every photographic outing.........God that created the scene, I just operate the camera.
Tamyra Ayles joined Fine Art America on November 20th, 2010.