Tay Sanders


I guess what I want to capture in my work is honesty. And sincerity. And true emotion. Which, admittedly, is a difficult thing to do. For a lot of us, photographs are an exaggeration of reality or an exaggerated version of ourselves; it's a chance to dress up and look our best. But as of lately, I've realized that what I'm mainly interested in is realness and documentation. It's not always glamorous and it takes a lot more communication with the subject, but I think at the end of the day it's worth it. 



Photos allow me to endow the strength I see in people — friends, lovers, acquaintances, and otherwise. And In a way, it becomes how I communicate, an expression of empathy.


I always hope to create a visual representation that doesn't already exist. I want my photos to both challenge and comfort people. I want people to see the world for how it is but also be able to see an identity, a visual, or a person that they can connect with in a way they never have before.

Right now I'm in a bit of a lull as I prepare for an upcoming project this spring where i'm planning to document rural and non-urban queer identity in the U.S, which will be both very challenging and very exciting.


“Behind the story I tell is the one I don't.
Behind the story you hear is the one I wish I could make you hear.
Behind my carefully buttoned collar is my nakedness, the struggle to find clean clothes, food, meaning, and money. Behind sex is rage, behind anger is love, behind this moment is silence, years of silence.”

- Dorothy Allison