Dylan Thomas Caderao is a photographer who lives in southern Los Angeles.
As far back as he can remember, Dylan has always been most afraid of impermanence. Obsessed with order and chaos and life and death. Art, for Dylan, is his own selfish way of making sure nothing dies. Of making sure he never dies. By taking something that made him feel and freezing it that way forever, so he can hide it under his bed and come back to it whenever he feels like he doesn't exist.
Sedate: You seem to get a lot of love on tumblr. Is this the audience you keep in mind when shooting?
Dylan Caderao: I don’t know. The only audience is the one in my head. I do this for selfish reasons but we all crave some kind of validation so I’ve always posted my art on the internet ever since I was a kid on MySpace or in my AIM buddy profile. It just made sense, you know. I’ve been posting on tumblr for quite a few years now and not until maybe the last one to two years have I ever really received any sort of semi notable attention. Sure I have a few posts that have thousands of notes but for every 10,000 notes I MAYBE get one or two followers out of it. The internet and the whole world are filled with a lot of mindless ‘re-blogging’ so to speak.
S: What do you look for when taking photos?
DC: Ahh such a difficult question to answer but I'll say complex moments/subjects I couldn't explain or portray artistically in any other way but as they really are, from my perspective through a viewfinder.
S: What cameras and/or format to you prefer to shoot with?
DC: Film is everything. I shoot 35mm because it’s the most accessible and its what I grew up with. It’s a nostalgia thing. Film photos look like my memories. There’s a truth to them that digital photos don’t tell.
I use an assorted collection of old point and shoots I’ve thrifted over the years, but mostly a Canon Sureshot 120 classic, an old Canon Rebel my dad handed down to me, a super old Argus c3, and Fuji Instax for fun.
S: How did you get into photography, and is it something you can see yourself engaging in the rest of your life?
DC: My father is a photographer. He first put his camera in my hands in first grade. I always entered into the yearly art competitions at my elementary school, and since my dad was a photographer who had access to a dark room to do his own prints, I naturally always went with that medium.
As cliché as it is, photography and my art is so much a part of who I am as a person that its not even something I consider a hobby or activity I enjoy taking part in necessarily. It’s my nervous tick. Something I’ve always done and will continue to do.
S: What would you like to see change in today's youth culture?
DC: I am no spokesperson for the youth culture and I’m in no position to tell it to change because the youth culture IS change. It will always be out with the old and in with the new so long as the new reject the old and the old die.
S: Any advice you would give to young film photographers?
DC: Do not ever under any circumstances ever leave your house ever without a camera ever.
Check out more of Dylan's work here.