MUROL Tales- Ryan Quinlan

Ryan is a student at Columbia College in Chicago. He began taking photos using a point and shoot camera and quickly realized his love for capturing life's beautiful moments. Specializing in portrait photography he enjoys taking photos that make people look good and loves capturing moments that they will remember. By capturing unique faces, he feels it creates a lasting impression and helps make an enormous world feel a little bit smaller. Read his interview below. 

Tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Ryan Quinlan. I am originally from Minnetonka, Minnesota and now a Junior at Columbia College, Chicago studying photography. I specialize in portraits but always leave room for landscapes and photos that capture the surrounding environment I am in. 

When did you start taking photos?

I started taking photos back in high school with my best friend. At the time we only had very cheap point and shoot cameras, but the excitement of capturing that special shot kept driving me for more. In due time, I realized that the ability to capture the moment perfectly in any situation was my calling. 

What inspired you to pick up a camera?

My dad and mom were frequently taking pictures of the kids and I wanted to be the one to capture moments for my family and friends. Being able to make people look good and capture beautiful moments that people will remember is something that is made possible with a camera. 

What are some cool projects you've worked on? 

As I have moved to Chicago, many unique opportunities have come my way. I was able to spend a week in Mexico shooting photos for a wedding in Riviera Maya. Also being with incredible classmates that bring out my imagination and creating photo-stories in various themes. 

What/who would you most like to capture and why?

I would love to capture the stories of individuals from all walks  of life... on the street, in public places, etc. As someone walking down the road you never think twice about the person you pass or walk next to. I hope to give a lasting face to the people we call strangers and make big cities like Chicago or Minneapolis feel smaller. 

How did you hear about MUROL? 

I heard about MUROL last year through an advertisement on Facebook. 

What makes MUROL unique?

MUROL is unique because it is a way for local photographers to be seen. As I view people on the app, many seem to be normal, everyday people who still love to carry around a camera wherever they go, even if it is not their career. The landscape viewing showcases the beauty that anyone can capture in a more prominent way. It is less about numbers and likes than it is  about being happy with what you personally achieved in capturing the picture. 

When did you see the bigger picture? 

As I have moved from place to place, I have seen the beauty of life in different ways that help me see the bigger picture. Growing up in a small rural town, I became fascinated with nature and things that are larger than myself. That could be religion or even the beauty in the forests I walked through everyday. As I moved to a city like Chicago, I fell in love with capturing life and meeting people from different places around the world. As I capture photos now, I use my experiences to create shots that incorporate the beauty that is around us and magnify what makes everyone unique.

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