A Natural Order
Statement: I grew up with my extended family on a small farm in the suburbs of New York City. While malls and supermarkets developed around us, we heated our house with wood, farmed and canned our food, and bartered the plants we grew for everything from shoes to dental work. But while my family followed many of the principles of the back-to-the-land movement, by the time I was eighteen we owned three tractors, four cars, and five computers. This mixture of the modern world in our otherwise rustic life made me curious to see what a completely self-sufficient way of living might look like.
Ryan Schude is an imaginative photographer originally from the greater Chicago area. Currently based in Los Angeles he’s won several awards for his editorial & advertising work. Starting out at around aged 18, experimenting with portraiture photography, he followed up the interest by exploring painting, printmaking and film before finally honing his individual style and technique – which is as much setting the scene from a technical standpoint as crafting the perfect photographic shot. (Methystic)