Michael Tyrone Delaney's year in photos
From the streets of LA to his grandparents' bedroom... this is Michael Tyrone Delaney's 2019 in photos.
We asked a handful of our favourite photographers to look back at 2019 and remember it through the photographs they took. From i-D contributions to personal pictures of friends, family and strangers on the street, this is Michael Tyrone Delaney: My Year in Photos.
Michael Tyrone Delaney first got into photography a few years ago, after moving to LA. “I was delivering pizza downtown mostly on foot or by bike, which took me through both grimy back alleys and luxury high-rises,” he says. “The disparity and clash of cultures interested me and I started documenting my surroundings using my iPhone. At the same time I was playing music and eventually became the go-to photographer for all of my musician, artist and comedian friends.” Recently he’s been working on personal projects, but can be found contributing to magazines like Brick and Cake.
In July I started a photo series about my family and the place they’re from -- Imperial Valley, CA. It’s extremely hot and a seemingly bleak place to live. The series explores themes of finding hope in inauspicious places, and revisiting and recontextualising a place I found boring growing up. Here are my grandparents in their bedroom, which I was always forbidden to enter as a child.
One of my favourite collaborations of the year with Mitsuko and makeup by Venus (@wikifur)
Zyren had never modelled before but was a natural. I’m obsessed with their tattoos and haircut.
I met Alex while he was working at this weird estate sale in Vista, CA. Items for sale included a bunch of Andy Warhol memorabilia, a commemorative wine from Jordan’s Bar Mitzvah (dated November 6, 1999) and signed letter from Sigmund Freud.
I spent weeks trying to track this guy down -- every time I would see him, he would round a corner and disappear. One fateful day, I finally caught up with him and snapped this photo.
“Accept your greatness.”
Billy and Venus
Billy, Venus and I went to Family Amusement Corporation (one of the best arcade names of all time) and lost our minds.
K. Roosevelt x Brick magazine
I was asked to shoot the artist K. Roosevelt for one of my favourite magazines, Brick. These are a couple outtakes
The illustrious Torbjørn Rødland.
Fashion by Anthony Felix and Stephanie Libanati.
My lovely partner.
On the street
This year I made more of a point to go out shooting by myself. Exploring LA on foot can be a fun, therapeutic and artistically rewarding experience (although I was recently threatened with a gun for photographing someone’s car).
All images courtesy Michael Tyrone Delaney