Ascension is a special project to me. A lot of work went into it, and am very grateful to my co-creator on the film David Tenniswood, as well as Gilbert Small, the dancer who all pushed each other creatively. The dancer’s movement was largely improvisational and informed by the limitations of the extreme environments. To me the magic was in how the dancer responded to the unstable terrain and made himself vulnerable to the elements. Like dancing barefoot on a glacier and tumbling down a sand dune. The cinematography was just a reaction to that energy. It was shot mostly on one lens and all natural light. ‘

About the Artist

Tyler McGrath is a Canadian based cinematographer. His curiosity for image making began in his childhood by playing with optics in his father’s optometry office. He went on to study cinematography at the University of British Columbia, and now combines his technical skills with visual experimentation. Tyler passionately works full time shooting projects around the world for clients such as Vogue Spain, Diesel Shanghai, Lululemon, Lenovo, and Heineken, while keeping a growing portfolio of personal work.


More of Tyler's work can be seen on his Website and on Instagram

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