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Dubbed one of Hollywood’s most controversial photographers, Tyler Shields said enough to blood soaked images of Lindsay Lohan and burning Hermes Birkin Bags; fresh from the success of Chromatics, the once “bad boy” Mr Shields is now back with a jaw-dropping brand new series, Suspense.

Shot over a period of a year in different locations including Hollywood and New Mexico’s desert, Suspense is a thrilling rush of adrenaline. The series features the likes of Francesca Eastwood, Emma Roberts and Lydia Hearst frozen at the height of the action – just like in a James Bond movie, they are suspended in mid air and about to either crash to the ground or take flight into the sky – we can only guess what will happen next!

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How did the idea of Suspense come about?

I wanted it to be a self portrait series, but things do not always go as expected.

Suspense – as well as your previous series, Chromatic – marks a drastic change in direction for you; what made you switch from the wild, sensual imagery of the past to your current aesthetics?

I broke my neck a while back, and there was a moment when I was unsure if I would ever be able to do things like this again. Once it had been fixed, I knew I had to do this series while I still could.

As I was saying before, I started it as a self portrait series, but as my close group of friends started to see it, that went right out the window – they all wanted to get in it! I will admit I was not excited about it; I don’t like to put people in danger, so we went out on my birthday and tested it. Everyone blew me away: the creativity people brought to Suspense is incredible – you can go out and shoot, and everyone has something different to bring to the table, it’s so amazing!

I read you are putting the final touches to your second book, The Dirty Side of Glamour, and that it will be released next autumn; how’s it going?

It is done; Harper Collins has done a great job with it and I am very proud of it! It just went up on amazon for pre-order and my friends have been sending me screen grabs of them buying it; it really makes me happy to think that people and friends will have my book in their home!

Shoots and books aside, you are also editing your first movie, Final Girl. How has it been so far?

Abigail Breslin learned how to fight for the movie then she kicked everyone’s ass. It was incredible, but I have to say making a movie is just like doing one of my normal shoots – quite fun!

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I wondered, did your background in music videos help in any way?

I think everything helps; anything you can do and become good at will help you with anything else. You never know where a talent may come up: I got a trampoline in my back yard when I was 7 and I learned how to do flips. I didn’t realize it at the time, but I started training for the Suspense series when I was 7 even though at the time I was just happy to have a trampoline.

Final Girl boasts a cast that includes Abigail Breslin, Wes Bentley and Alexander Ludwig; how was working with them?

Wes Bentley is one of the funniest people on earth; Abigail is so sweet and Ludwig is a huge star – the kid is amazing. I loved all of them, and I’m really proud of them for killing it in the movie.

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What other projects are you currently working on?

I have recently acted in a film called Delirium which just wrapped shooting; it’s a big action movie – we shot all over the world, it was insane! Now I am writing a new movie, and I have 5 more galleries this year to do; this should take me through the year.

As a last question, what does the future hold in store for you?

I have been building things for a long time, now it’s about getting them out and releasing them!

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Suspense will be on display at these galleries: 28th April – 19th May, Guy Hepner Gallery, Beverley Hills; 18th May – 6th July, McLemoi Gallery, Sydney; 1st June – 22nd June, Miller Gallery, Cincinnati.

Further information on Tyler Shields can be found here

To see a video teaser click here

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