When I asked Myles Loftin about the most important lesson he has learned as a student, he told me, “you can always learn more, you can always improve and..growth happens over time.”. He clearly genuinely believes in personal growth. He has utilized his education and self discipline to become a highly sought after image maker. Loftin is the midst of his junior year at The New School, where he is working towards a degree in photography. He has been granted the opportunity to study abroad at the London College of Communication and is requesting help with living expenses while there.
Loftin is a freelance photographer living in New York City. The 20-year-old has contributed to innovative platforms such as Them and i-D, while also furthering conversations regarding queer, Black life. He has also shot some of the most widely discussed stars of today, such as BlacKkKlansman lead John David Washington, Kimberly Drew, The Clermont Twins, Aaron Philip, and Anzie Dasabe. One of his best known releases is HOODED – a look at the way the world (and subsequently, white media) demonizes innocent Black men wearing hoodies. The multimedia project was created with the hope of shifting perceptions to more positive ones by letting Black men tell their stories. HOODED received nods from The Root, Vice, and Tedx speaker, Tyree Boyd-Pates.
“My main goal with this next semester is to further develop my personal artistic practice and fine tune my voice.”
YA BOI GOT INTO UNI!!!! GOING✈️LONDONNNNNN pic.twitter.com/Q17oHJyBGj
— IS THERE A BUDGET? (@goldenpolaroid) November 16, 2018
In an exclusive comment, Loftin said, “I think what I’m most excited about with this move to London is being able to really put time towards my personal work. I haven’t had time to work on any long term projects (besides the short film I’m finishing up). My main goal with this next semester is to further develop my personal artistic practice and fine tune my voice.”.
Film Stills from my upcoming project ‘Crack That Wrist (2018)’ pic.twitter.com/GYuw5S8Lm0
— IS THERE A BUDGET? (@goldenpolaroid) December 10, 2018
He is also looking forward to all of the inspiration that he knows will stem from living in another country.
“I’m..really looking forward to all the amazing people I’m going to meet and work with. London College of Communication is one of the best art schools in the United Kingdom. [S]o I know I’ll be around some of the best talents in the world. London is also home to my favorite magazines, i-D and Dazed. [I] hope to do some work with them while I’m out there.”, he wrote in our correspondence.
You can help Myles fully immerse himself in this opportunity by donating to his gofundme. He is aiming to raise $3000 and has gotten $700 so far. When you support Black, queer artists directly, you support a brighter, more open future.
Congratulations and best of luck, Myles!