Feature Artist Of The Week: Darrell Hyatt

At four and a half feet in height, I have a unique vantage point in the world, and there are few who see the world from where I do. And, I am willing to bet none who see the world the way I do. As a photographer, I want to bring those who experience my works down to my level, if you will, and bring them together for a shared experience

– Darrell Hyatt

Artist Biography

As a teen, I was fascinated by my uncle’s collection of cameras. However, my limited hand function caused by cerebral palsy and the expense of developing film to have only one or two photos turn out precluded me from exploring my interest. 

I pursued my other passion: computers. A self-proclaimed geek, I spent 40+ years in the computer field – as a programmer, instructor and a technology specialist. 

My two interests collided when digital cameras came along. I dove into learning all I could about this new technology; reading online articles and watching videos by the likes of Jared Polin and Lou Burtone.

Armed with my camera and my lens suitable for shooting flowers – my preferred subjects because they don’t move – I am often seen on photo wheels in my neighbourhood Holland Park and around False Creek. I use a monopod to steady the camera as I shoot from my power wheelchair. 

On occasion, I capture a piece of my wheelchair in a photo, which becomes a subtle way of demonstrating accessibility and inclusion through my art.

To Learn More About Darrell and his work:

About Kickstart Disability Arts

Kickstart Disability Arts and Culture is a Vancouver based arts non-profit that supports and promotes artists who identify as living with disabilities.

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