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Jan. 19, 2021

Snacks with Ryan Coit

Snacks with Ryan Coit

In this episode, Minneapolis based Drag Queen, Lala Luzious has a chat with international photographer Ryan Coit. Recognized for presenting images that capture the beauty in all types of individuals expressing their sexuality and identity, Ryan talks...


In this episode, Minneapolis based Drag Queen, Lala Luzious has a chat with international photographer Ryan Coit. Recognized for presenting images that capture the beauty in all types of individuals expressing their sexuality and identity, Ryan talks with Lala about his perspective on what it means to live a happy and fulfilled life!   Check out Ryan’s here: Website: www.coitphotography.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/coitphotography/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CoitPhotography Twitter: https://twitter.com/RyanCoit    Subscribe to our email list for a chance to win the Anastasia Beverly Hills Moonchild Glow Kit® (and be up to date on all the latest snacks!). Register at www.snacksizepodcast.com  Follow Snack Size: The Podcast on Twitter: @podcast_snack  Follow Lala on Instagram: @lalaluzious  _____________   Intro and Interlude Music for "Snack Size"  is Foxylicious (Instrumental) by DayFox https://soundcloud.com/dayfox
Transcript
WEBVTT 1 00:00:01.040 --> 00:00:05.879 Hey, what's up world? Welcome to season three of snack size, the 2 00:00:06.040 --> 00:00:11.029 podcast that will drag you into your most fabulous life. It's a brand new 3 00:00:11.269 --> 00:00:16.030 year and it's a great time to live the life of your dreams. You've 4 00:00:16.109 --> 00:00:19.710 got to do you because no one else can, and, no matter what, 5 00:00:20.109 --> 00:00:23.620 you're happy and fulfilled life looks like. I want to help you get 6 00:00:23.660 --> 00:00:34.140 there. Our time together starts now. Hey, snacks, happy two thousand 7 00:00:34.140 --> 00:00:38.289 and twenty one. It is so good to be here with you all in 8 00:00:38.409 --> 00:00:42.969 this brand new year. Two Thousand and twenty was very long and difficult, 9 00:00:43.490 --> 00:00:48.409 but in a lot of ways, full of life lessons. Last year we 10 00:00:48.609 --> 00:00:53.320 learned about making it work, even though it seemed impossible, listening to our 11 00:00:53.399 --> 00:00:58.439 loved ones and practicing self compassion. We learned how to live with each other, 12 00:00:58.840 --> 00:01:02.520 even though we were far apart. We learned when to be angry and 13 00:01:02.600 --> 00:01:07.549 when to forgive, when to speak up and when to be quiet. Most 14 00:01:07.590 --> 00:01:11.030 importantly, we did all of these things together and we got through it. 15 00:01:12.189 --> 00:01:15.950 I also know that a lot of great things happened for me in two thousand 16 00:01:15.950 --> 00:01:19.140 and twenty, and I hope that maybe you can say the same. In 17 00:01:19.299 --> 00:01:23.739 fact, this podcast is one of those things. So thank you for being 18 00:01:23.819 --> 00:01:29.099 on this journey with me. My first guest this season is a friend of 19 00:01:29.140 --> 00:01:33.370 mine here in the twin cities, but is also known all over the world 20 00:01:33.489 --> 00:01:40.209 for his photography that explores the human form, sexuality and identity. Through his 21 00:01:40.329 --> 00:01:44.569 work as a portrait photographer, he has gotten to see many different sides of 22 00:01:44.689 --> 00:01:49.719 many different people from all walks of life. I am really excited for you 23 00:01:49.840 --> 00:01:55.280 all to hear his unique perspective on living a happy and fulfilled life. Welcome 24 00:01:55.319 --> 00:02:04.269 to snack size, Ryan. Quite. Let's give him a call. Hi, 25 00:02:04.390 --> 00:02:08.430 Ryan, welcome to Snack Siyes. Hello, I am so excited to 26 00:02:08.550 --> 00:02:13.430 have you. Ryan has actually been a huge part of my journey because he 27 00:02:13.669 --> 00:02:19.139 has taken the photos of every cover of snacks eyes that we're going to get 28 00:02:19.180 --> 00:02:22.139 to know Ryan really close here in just a moment. But first or and 29 00:02:22.180 --> 00:02:24.099 I have to ask, how is your you're going so far, and what 30 00:02:24.180 --> 00:02:28.379 are you looking forward to in two thousand and twenty one? Well, thank 31 00:02:28.419 --> 00:02:31.370 you for having me. First off, and my years going well, you 32 00:02:31.490 --> 00:02:36.169 know, just rolling with the punches and kind of figuring out things as we 33 00:02:36.250 --> 00:02:39.889 go. Obviously life's a little bit different now, but hopefully things will start 34 00:02:39.930 --> 00:02:45.520 to look get back to normal eventually and as far as projects, hopefully all 35 00:02:45.520 --> 00:02:49.479 the stuff that got postponed in two thousand and twenty is going to happen this 36 00:02:49.560 --> 00:02:53.680 year. So it's definitely been a difficult year for US artists. We put 37 00:02:53.719 --> 00:02:55.960 a lot of work in and then all of a sudden everything just got derailed. 38 00:02:57.120 --> 00:03:00.189 So, speaking of your projects, how did you get into photography? 39 00:03:00.750 --> 00:03:05.349 I had an interest in photography from a very young age. I remember one 40 00:03:05.349 --> 00:03:07.189 of my mom's best friends was a photographer and I just thought it was so 41 00:03:08.030 --> 00:03:13.900 cool and I just was interested in that. I started out with saving my 42 00:03:14.020 --> 00:03:19.060 money from my little job and going and buying a small film camera and just, 43 00:03:19.699 --> 00:03:22.780 you know, taking pictures of the flowers in the yard and a friends 44 00:03:22.860 --> 00:03:27.889 and mean I was maybe thirteen fourteen buying that camera, so it was pretty 45 00:03:27.930 --> 00:03:31.090 young. Do you remember the point in your life where and you said you 46 00:03:31.210 --> 00:03:37.210 wanted to start taking photography seriously as more than a hobby? In High School 47 00:03:37.210 --> 00:03:39.849 I took photography classes and I knew then I had a really strong interest for 48 00:03:39.930 --> 00:03:46.280 it. After High School I was actually a Jehovah's Witness and I went door 49 00:03:46.319 --> 00:03:51.599 to door every day and I remember just kind of looking at things and being 50 00:03:51.719 --> 00:03:53.080 like, oh, that would be great to photograph, that would be great 51 00:03:53.080 --> 00:03:57.430 to photograph. And then it was about a year and a half after high 52 00:03:57.430 --> 00:04:03.750 school. I looked into going to the local community college for photography, but 53 00:04:04.990 --> 00:04:11.340 that was not a career that was encouraged by my family, so I looked 54 00:04:11.419 --> 00:04:15.979 in other areas. But eventually, fast forward down the road, I got 55 00:04:15.100 --> 00:04:19.579 there and I was able to go to school for Photography and learn the things 56 00:04:19.620 --> 00:04:24.610 that I wanted to learn. That's amazing. So you and I are pretty 57 00:04:24.610 --> 00:04:28.290 close. I did not know you were a Jehovah's Witness. HMM, sure 58 00:04:28.610 --> 00:04:31.610 was. When, en did you decide to step away from that? I 59 00:04:32.170 --> 00:04:38.449 was nineteen, you know. I knew that I was gay and I knew 60 00:04:38.449 --> 00:04:43.879 that I wouldn't be able to come out and be myself if I stayed in 61 00:04:43.920 --> 00:04:48.319 the JOOAH's witness organization. So I've made a plan and got out and history 62 00:04:48.360 --> 00:04:51.639 from there. When you got out, would that be around the same time 63 00:04:51.800 --> 00:04:56.990 you continue to pursue your photography? No, it did take me, you 64 00:04:57.069 --> 00:05:00.589 know, a couple of years because I might whole world. It was gone, 65 00:05:00.870 --> 00:05:02.790 so I had to kind of restart and rebuild, you know, myself, 66 00:05:02.870 --> 00:05:05.269 get a job, be able to pay my bills, get my feet 67 00:05:05.269 --> 00:05:10.139 on the ground, and so school kind of took a backburner for a minute 68 00:05:10.139 --> 00:05:13.100 and then, you know, it took about three or four years maybe, 69 00:05:13.100 --> 00:05:15.420 until I was like, financially, like okay, I can get my own 70 00:05:15.459 --> 00:05:19.620 loans, I can get my own you know, everything. It takes time. 71 00:05:20.060 --> 00:05:25.730 That's a really powerful story, because so many artists find themselves having to 72 00:05:26.170 --> 00:05:29.930 break away from whatever they were doing and starting again and building from the ground 73 00:05:29.970 --> 00:05:32.529 up. For you, what was the biggest challenge and how did you overcome 74 00:05:32.569 --> 00:05:38.600 it? The biggest hurdle was just being okay with myself. At that point. 75 00:05:38.600 --> 00:05:41.040 It was like I didn't care what anybody else thought. I had already 76 00:05:41.279 --> 00:05:45.040 left, you know, and I was on my own, and now it 77 00:05:45.160 --> 00:05:47.199 was just being able to look in the mirror and say, you know, 78 00:05:47.319 --> 00:05:50.870 I'm proud of being a gay man. I'm proud of making the choice of 79 00:05:50.949 --> 00:05:55.230 leaving what I knew and what was safe to explore this whole new world. 80 00:05:55.430 --> 00:06:00.310 That was terrifying. You know, I'm thirty six now and I look back 81 00:06:00.310 --> 00:06:02.829 at that nineteen year old and I'm like, holy crap, like, how 82 00:06:02.870 --> 00:06:08.860 did I have the courage to do that? So now you are internationally known 83 00:06:09.220 --> 00:06:14.139 for your photography. Do you remember the time that you felt was your first 84 00:06:14.300 --> 00:06:17.540 big success? I had an exhibit that I got to be a part of 85 00:06:17.649 --> 00:06:23.129 in London and the end of two thousand and fifteen, and that was that 86 00:06:23.370 --> 00:06:26.610 moment where, like you know, you flew across the world. You walked 87 00:06:26.649 --> 00:06:30.610 into a room and I not only got to have a collective exhibit with other 88 00:06:30.689 --> 00:06:34.879 Queer Artists at the fringe film festival, but they had me do a solo 89 00:06:35.120 --> 00:06:41.360 exhibit as like the Opening Party for the fringe festival week, and that was 90 00:06:41.480 --> 00:06:46.560 like you can't put those type of feelings and emotions into words, because you 91 00:06:46.639 --> 00:06:48.629 walk into a room and all these people there to see what you created. 92 00:06:48.670 --> 00:06:53.629 It's still like I've goosebumps now, like it's it just blows your mind as 93 00:06:53.629 --> 00:06:59.949 an artist to get to experience something like that. Your reputation definitely procede you 94 00:07:00.110 --> 00:07:02.300 for how wonderful your work is, to the point where it's a little bit 95 00:07:02.339 --> 00:07:08.259 intimidating. I remember when I worked with through the first time and didn't know 96 00:07:08.420 --> 00:07:12.100 you, I thought you were going to have a bigger head than you do, 97 00:07:12.259 --> 00:07:15.250 but you actually one of the most humble people I've known. How do 98 00:07:15.370 --> 00:07:19.129 you manage to keep your head in your shoulders? I guess you said the 99 00:07:19.170 --> 00:07:24.329 word intimidated. To me, it's like I'm just Ryan that works up in 100 00:07:24.410 --> 00:07:28.250 my little studio that takes pictures, and it's like it's what I love to 101 00:07:28.290 --> 00:07:31.000 do. If I could do that every day and just hold the camera and 102 00:07:31.120 --> 00:07:34.279 not have to go through, you know, all the other side of you 103 00:07:34.399 --> 00:07:39.160 know, trying to promote yourself and run a business, and just holding that 104 00:07:39.279 --> 00:07:43.879 camera and shooting to me just bring so much joy. I think people see 105 00:07:43.920 --> 00:07:46.990 my work and you know, you make a reputation for yourself, which is 106 00:07:47.149 --> 00:07:50.750 great, but I think sometimes people don't realize that side to me, that 107 00:07:50.870 --> 00:07:56.149 like I just genuinely love taking pictures and it brings me so much joy to 108 00:07:56.670 --> 00:08:00.740 do that. And one of my favorite things about portrait photography is that you 109 00:08:00.860 --> 00:08:05.579 get to work with somebody to create something that is not only making me feel 110 00:08:05.620 --> 00:08:09.060 good as an artist, but for that person that's in the photograph, it 111 00:08:09.300 --> 00:08:13.089 gives them an opportunity to feel great about themselves too. I do want to 112 00:08:13.129 --> 00:08:16.129 go back to your work here in just a moment. But there was something 113 00:08:16.209 --> 00:08:20.250 interesting that you said that you just want to hold the camera, but then 114 00:08:20.329 --> 00:08:24.490 learning more of the promotion and maybe some more the business side was the struggle. 115 00:08:24.009 --> 00:08:28.199 How did you bring yourself to learn that side so that you could be 116 00:08:28.240 --> 00:08:37.720 successful? Well, I had bills. No, it's it's hard these days 117 00:08:37.799 --> 00:08:41.549 because you can be an amazing artist and you can love creating and you can 118 00:08:41.590 --> 00:08:46.389 create tons of things, but once it's just sitting there and people can enjoy 119 00:08:46.429 --> 00:08:50.710 it or you're not able to make money being an artist, it creates this 120 00:08:50.950 --> 00:08:54.590 weird situation. So for me it was like, you know, a long 121 00:08:54.629 --> 00:08:58.740 time I just did photography for the fun of it and then finally I just 122 00:08:58.899 --> 00:09:01.419 buckled down and was like, okay, you got to figure out how to 123 00:09:01.460 --> 00:09:05.820 run a business, because that is not how my brain works. You know, 124 00:09:07.259 --> 00:09:09.769 the business side of things, and really it is a it's a full 125 00:09:09.850 --> 00:09:15.250 time job, essentially, because you never quit working. There's always more to 126 00:09:15.330 --> 00:09:20.529 do, there's always this could be redone the this website can be fixed up 127 00:09:20.529 --> 00:09:24.679 or this. You know, it's never ending. So when we talk about 128 00:09:24.720 --> 00:09:30.200 your work, your portfolio is extremely diverse, your images are super expressive and 129 00:09:30.360 --> 00:09:33.120 do have strong story lines. So in your opinion, what makes a good 130 00:09:33.159 --> 00:09:37.750 story? Well, it kind of comes in different ways. If I'm working 131 00:09:37.750 --> 00:09:41.990 on a project for myself, that is the easiest way because it's like, 132 00:09:43.149 --> 00:09:46.549 okay, these are the motions I'm having, this is the subject matter I 133 00:09:46.669 --> 00:09:48.909 want to use and I'm going to use these things to create something, to 134 00:09:48.950 --> 00:09:54.059 tell a story, hopefully that other people can understand. But then there's also 135 00:09:54.059 --> 00:09:56.700 opportunities where, as an artist, you just want to create things that maybe 136 00:09:56.700 --> 00:10:01.340 you don't intend for people to understand. So that's a completely different category. 137 00:10:01.860 --> 00:10:05.580 And the third, usually for me, is working with somebody where they come 138 00:10:05.659 --> 00:10:09.730 to you and say this is kind of what I want to do, what 139 00:10:09.970 --> 00:10:15.330 is your vision? How can we make this work together? And you know, 140 00:10:15.370 --> 00:10:18.570 a lot of times I don't even think maybe either of us can know 141 00:10:18.809 --> 00:10:22.960 exactly what the story is going to be that is being told or the motion 142 00:10:22.080 --> 00:10:26.360 that's going to come out of the real images that are produced. But you 143 00:10:26.440 --> 00:10:28.639 know, just an example, you know, I've had people come to me 144 00:10:28.960 --> 00:10:31.559 with items from, like their cancer treatment and they're like, you know, 145 00:10:31.639 --> 00:10:37.549 I want to be photographed with this to remember, like the battle that I 146 00:10:37.750 --> 00:10:41.309 went through. What can we do? And that's where you sometimes can't describe 147 00:10:41.309 --> 00:10:45.909 it. You know, it's just that final image that's produced somehow just the 148 00:10:46.070 --> 00:10:50.940 emotions come out. Other examples of you know, photograph people for like they're 149 00:10:50.019 --> 00:10:56.019 sixty five birthday and they've always wanted to do like a partially nude photo shoot 150 00:10:56.100 --> 00:10:58.700 and they never got the courage until they were sixty five years old, and 151 00:10:58.740 --> 00:11:03.019 then once that time comes and they put that trust in your hand as an 152 00:11:03.059 --> 00:11:07.210 artist, you're like, oh my God, it's a little overwhelming. It 153 00:11:07.289 --> 00:11:11.450 can be intimidating because you know you want that person to feel good about themselves. 154 00:11:13.450 --> 00:11:20.399 So it's not always a cookie cutter process, but it usually still ends 155 00:11:20.440 --> 00:11:24.360 up with the result of cookies. We can definitely tell that you work with 156 00:11:24.440 --> 00:11:28.279 a lot of different people. What are three things that you've learned about people 157 00:11:28.399 --> 00:11:33.070 from your work? Being a photographer, a portrait photographer, definitely teach you 158 00:11:33.230 --> 00:11:39.029 that we all have insecurities, like every single person. There's not an exception 159 00:11:39.110 --> 00:11:43.710 in the book. And I guess also, I mean we all just want 160 00:11:43.710 --> 00:11:48.299 to feel good and look good and present ourselves to the world in a way 161 00:11:48.340 --> 00:11:54.820 that we feel sexy and beautiful, no matter what our size, shape, 162 00:11:54.220 --> 00:11:58.539 you know, gender, it is. It just we all want to feel 163 00:11:58.580 --> 00:12:03.649 fabulous. Really, I guess third thing for me would just kind of be 164 00:12:03.809 --> 00:12:07.129 the I mean I have a tattooed on my wrist, is we are beautiful 165 00:12:07.929 --> 00:12:11.210 and I think deep down, hopefully, everybody can feel that at some point 166 00:12:11.529 --> 00:12:15.490 and I know sometimes it gets a little hard to remember that. You know, 167 00:12:15.690 --> 00:12:18.559 myself included. There's not their days where I don't feel beautiful, but 168 00:12:18.919 --> 00:12:22.320 you just have to keep like reminding yourself. That's kind of been a mission 169 00:12:22.360 --> 00:12:24.279 statement, I guess, in a way or form for my photography for quite 170 00:12:24.279 --> 00:12:26.600 a few years. Is that we all are beautiful and you know, we 171 00:12:26.679 --> 00:12:31.029 all have a different, different beauty to bring to the table. If you 172 00:12:31.149 --> 00:12:33.710 looked at all of your work, what would you say your message is to 173 00:12:33.789 --> 00:12:37.669 the world? You know for a few years now on my website that right 174 00:12:37.710 --> 00:12:43.710 at the beginning it says individuals expressing their sexuality and identity, the nate beauty 175 00:12:43.789 --> 00:12:48.379 of desire, sex of life. It's enjoyable for me, when I photograph 176 00:12:48.460 --> 00:12:54.539 people, to show different humans, different body shapes, different genders, because 177 00:12:54.539 --> 00:13:01.490 I believe that representation in my artwork, like I want it to be diverse. 178 00:13:01.570 --> 00:13:07.210 The leather and fetish scene, I know within that category itself. You 179 00:13:07.289 --> 00:13:13.519 know, I remember years back like it was just all white dudes and in 180 00:13:13.679 --> 00:13:18.559 leather, and now slowly we're starting to see a lot more people of color, 181 00:13:20.200 --> 00:13:26.190 you know, a lot more non binary representation, transgender reser representation and 182 00:13:26.909 --> 00:13:33.710 also women represented, and it's it's nice to see just my few years within 183 00:13:33.789 --> 00:13:39.789 the leather community that change kind of slowly happening. I'm glad to be a 184 00:13:39.870 --> 00:13:41.620 part of it too, you know, like that's one thing in my photography 185 00:13:41.740 --> 00:13:48.139 work that I do make a conscious effort to make sure that I'm showcasing different 186 00:13:48.179 --> 00:13:52.419 humans, because that is, as a photographer, I believe, our job. 187 00:13:52.940 --> 00:13:56.649 You have always been very, very conscious and I've always appreciated that about 188 00:13:56.690 --> 00:14:01.649 you. And what I appreciate about you is that you put the work out 189 00:14:01.730 --> 00:14:05.970 there and just let it be what it is. It's not trying too hard, 190 00:14:05.970 --> 00:14:09.879 it's not fake, it's very much you see beauty in everything, and 191 00:14:09.960 --> 00:14:13.159 so that's what you're putting out there. I think that in at least are 192 00:14:13.200 --> 00:14:18.840 small little community, you have probably changed the way people, I guess, 193 00:14:18.840 --> 00:14:22.440 imagine our view and images. You know what different communities look like. Oh 194 00:14:22.639 --> 00:14:26.789 that's very kind of you, is say from your experience, what advice would 195 00:14:26.789 --> 00:14:31.269 you have for others who may want to do the same thing or be successful 196 00:14:31.350 --> 00:14:35.590 in their own craft? When it goes for advice for other artists, I 197 00:14:35.909 --> 00:14:41.539 I mean I have multiple artist friends and the first thing that usually always comes 198 00:14:41.539 --> 00:14:46.220 up in conversations is just try. You have to try. If you don't 199 00:14:46.259 --> 00:14:50.500 try something, it's not going to happen, whether it's the smallest little obstacle 200 00:14:50.740 --> 00:14:54.769 or a huge project that you want to handle, you have to create and, 201 00:14:54.929 --> 00:15:00.450 as many artists, I from myself, two thousand and twenty was a 202 00:15:00.490 --> 00:15:05.049 year that I really had to force myself to create, because otherwise you go 203 00:15:05.210 --> 00:15:07.840 crazy and people joke around thinking, Oh, you know, artists always say 204 00:15:07.879 --> 00:15:11.919 they need to create to feel, you know, like they're doing something or 205 00:15:13.000 --> 00:15:16.159 feel alive. And girl, it's true. If you're not creating, it's 206 00:15:16.200 --> 00:15:22.309 like you don't feel that drive. So for anybody that it doesn't matter your 207 00:15:22.350 --> 00:15:26.470 age, if you're just young old, if you want to create something and 208 00:15:26.629 --> 00:15:33.590 you feel that desire to do it, just do it. And one of 209 00:15:33.629 --> 00:15:39.539 my favorite quotes is a Andy warhol quote, and he said, while people 210 00:15:39.539 --> 00:15:43.500 are judging your art, make more, or I believe it might have been. 211 00:15:43.539 --> 00:15:48.539 If people are deciding whether they like or dislike your art, make more. 212 00:15:48.779 --> 00:15:52.450 But the point is like make it, stop worrying about what people are 213 00:15:52.490 --> 00:15:54.450 going to think about it and just do it. And it's scary though, 214 00:15:54.490 --> 00:15:58.129 because, you know, when I first started, I was always so worriedble 215 00:15:58.129 --> 00:16:00.289 what are people going to think? What are they gonna you know, if 216 00:16:00.330 --> 00:16:02.490 I take a picture that, are they going to think I'm weird? Are 217 00:16:02.529 --> 00:16:03.960 they? You know, why is that guy in a gas masks, those 218 00:16:04.039 --> 00:16:08.879 type of things? And now it's like, I don't care what anybody thinks. 219 00:16:08.919 --> 00:16:11.240 If I want to take a photo of something, I take it and 220 00:16:11.360 --> 00:16:15.200 put it out into that world because that's just the way it has to go, 221 00:16:15.279 --> 00:16:15.960 and if somebody likes it, they like it. If they don't, 222 00:16:17.000 --> 00:16:21.990 they don't, all right. So last question. In your own words, 223 00:16:22.230 --> 00:16:26.590 what do you think the key is to a happy and fulfilled life? The 224 00:16:26.669 --> 00:16:30.990 key to a happy and fulfilled life is kind of like we said earlier, 225 00:16:30.309 --> 00:16:34.980 if you want to do something, go do it. Life is is short 226 00:16:36.019 --> 00:16:38.419 and it's happening right now. Like, if you are inspired by something, 227 00:16:38.500 --> 00:16:42.940 run with it. That's how I found happiness. Over you know, especially 228 00:16:42.940 --> 00:16:47.730 in my s, it was like if I wanted to go on a trip 229 00:16:47.850 --> 00:16:51.370 to see something, I would go. If I wanted to create a memory 230 00:16:51.490 --> 00:16:53.409 with my friends, create that. If I wanted to do a certain art 231 00:16:53.409 --> 00:16:57.490 exhibit or a show or do a photo series on a certain topic, just 232 00:16:57.649 --> 00:17:03.720 do it. One of the one of my favorite exhibits I've ever done is 233 00:17:03.839 --> 00:17:07.720 that we are Trans Gallery, and it literally was me and a friend and 234 00:17:08.079 --> 00:17:11.720 we were just chit chatting about how cool it would be to have an exhibit 235 00:17:11.759 --> 00:17:14.720 with people's photographs and then them tell their stories, and we both just looked 236 00:17:14.720 --> 00:17:15.509 at each other and we're like, well, let's do it, you know, 237 00:17:15.910 --> 00:17:21.150 and we just did it and it affected so many people and was such 238 00:17:21.150 --> 00:17:25.549 a good, positive experience, not only for us but for the people involved 239 00:17:25.670 --> 00:17:26.990 and then for the people that got to come and see the exhibit, and 240 00:17:27.190 --> 00:17:30.180 one of the most fulfilling moments of my entire life, you know. And 241 00:17:30.259 --> 00:17:33.619 it just goes back to the simple concept of if you want to do it, 242 00:17:34.140 --> 00:17:37.940 do it. Speaking of exhibits, do you have anything planned for two 243 00:17:37.940 --> 00:17:41.900 thousand and twenty one that we can know about now? I am still working 244 00:17:42.059 --> 00:17:47.650 with the Hennepin Trust, which is the theater company down here on a few 245 00:17:47.730 --> 00:17:52.210 things coming up for the year. So there's that, and then hopefully going 246 00:17:52.369 --> 00:17:57.130 to be having an exhibit. That was supposed to happen last year but didn't. 247 00:17:57.329 --> 00:18:00.720 So but I don't want to say where, when or anything like that 248 00:18:00.799 --> 00:18:06.200 because I'm not sure those details. But my quite photographycom has my links to 249 00:18:06.640 --> 00:18:11.200 everything. Twitter, instagram, facebook. So all the informations there and it 250 00:18:11.279 --> 00:18:14.549 will be there as soon as it's available. All right. Well, if 251 00:18:14.630 --> 00:18:19.230 you want to know the latest on Ryan, that is quite photographycom and follow 252 00:18:19.269 --> 00:18:22.630 him on social media, definitely check out his instagram, which is what's your 253 00:18:22.630 --> 00:18:27.339 instagram? Quite photography? Quite photography. He is posting stuff all the time. 254 00:18:27.460 --> 00:18:32.819 It's very interesting. I followed myself. I highly recommend and thank you 255 00:18:33.059 --> 00:18:36.140 so much, Ryan, for coming on sack size and sharing your life with 256 00:18:36.299 --> 00:18:40.299 us. It is definitely so good to have you, especially since you've been 257 00:18:40.420 --> 00:18:42.329 such a huge part of my journey. Well, thank you so much. 258 00:18:42.450 --> 00:18:47.329 I was happy to be here. 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