Working exclusively with the medium of film, across a variety of formats, Cinematic Photographer Tony "Chainsaw" Myles brings a wholly unique approach to his imagery. He translates twenty years as a professional Cinematographer within the film industry into a photographic methodology that is as structured, planned, and executed as a motion picture production. He employs the literal art of photography as a plastic medium, to create stylized, impressionistic, abstracted, and narrative images that are essentially movies without motion. He derives inspiration from Russian, Japanese, and Italian filmmaking, innumerable Cinematographers, comic books, underground literature, and European Black Metal, and is an ardent fan of Zdzisław Beksiński, Travis Smith, Andrew Vachss, Sławomir Idziak, and Joe R. Lansdale.
Tony's work is a stark contrast to modern digital imaging and is a visceral and consciously antithetical commentary on contemporary photographic trends and styles. He achieves his unique imagery by utilizing standard and obscure film stocks, chemical and physical alterations of film, mechanical modifications of cameras and optics, in conjunction with experimental techniques that he's hybridized with classical filmmaking and cinematographic artistry. His motion and still imagery have been featured in album artwork, solo and group gallery exhibitions, screened theatrically, televised internationally, and have earned a diverse fanbase. He was previously the Director/Cinematographer for the film production company Cage XXI Enterprises, and the Associate Director and lecturer for the Film Lighting and 35mm Feature Filmmaking courses at Full Sail University, and has trained over one-thousand students in the arts of image creation and filmmaking.