Dylan Hausthor

6x6 North and Central America Talent:
Dylan Hausthor, USA

“Dylan's ability to create meaning and tension between images, cohesion through ambiguity, and poetry through visual grammar captured my attention. I believe Dylan's capacity to build metaphors through his sequences, provoke opposite emotions for the viewer, dig deep into human contradictions, and create cohesive bodies of work (both aesthetically and in meaning), definitely shows a young talent that many would highly appreciate.” - Gihan Tubbeh, Peru, photographer and 6x6 nominator

Dylan Hausthor is a photographer, filmmaker, and editor based on a small island off the coast of Maine. His work is an act of hybridity–an effort to render field recordings into myth. He founded Wilt Press in the spring of 2015 and currently works as a cinematographer, bookmaker, photographer, and founding editor of Wilt Magazine.

Past The Pond, Setting Fires

My friend lit another friend’s barn on fire; she set the blaze out of spite, simultaneously incited by gossip and provoking gossip. After a few minutes of watching the fire creep up the old barn wood she—who was 7 months pregnant—felt her water break as she went into early labor. She ran across the street to the property owner's house demanding a ride to the hospital as the proof of her arson was smoking right behind her. Small-town gossip, humanity, relationships with the land, and spectacle inspire the stories in my work. The characters and landscapes in these images are documents of the instability found in storytelling—told by an even more precarious narrator. I hope these images act as gossip in their own right: cross-pollinating, and alive.

Wood Grain Lick

Humans wandering the threshold between unapologetic existence and an abyss find their camp amongst washed out gutters, crinkly beauty pageants and ceremonies performed for nothing and nobody. It's a mythic, hairless underbelly of a place where the echo of Christian talk radio is muffled by an incessant rubbing of fir needles. ‘Wood Grain Lick’ manipulates a landscape that is simultaneously autobiographical, documentary, and fictional: showcasing a place filled with stories about pine cones, spiderwebs, and those who live among them.