Justin Flythe

Artist’s Statement

I started making photographs in high school (almost 20 years ago now) and went on to study photography at East Carolina University, receiving a BFA in that concentration. 

During my final semester of college I was diagnosed with a rare form of lymphoma which forced me to step away from the darkroom. I spent the next four plus years fighting and eventually beating cancer. 

After this ordeal, I found myself living on my family farm in rural northeastern North Carolina, recovering, and reassessing my life. By chance, I met Leeta Harding in the local grocery store. 

I could tell she wasn’t from the area. Curious, I started a conversation with her. That first conversation quickly transformed into a friendship. Leeta invited me to work with her as a photo assistant. This professional experience ultimately inspired me to move to a city with a larger artist community, where I could develop my own photo practice.

But that didn’t happen right away. I spent the next four years working in Baltimore and Washington, DC doing interior design work, buying and selling furniture to decorators throughout the metro area. I came to specialize in antique carpets, having worked with them almost exclusively for roughly two years.

About a year and a half ago I finally stepped away from that field to dedicate more time and energy to photography. At this point, I’m working primarily in analog film processes, shooting in a variety of formats with vintage cameras.

Aside from making “art” images, I focus on creating editorial-style photo content (especially portraiture) for various fixtures in Baltimore’s bohemian circles. Stylists, designers, restauranteurs, florists and fellow artists or artisans. 

Justin Flythe is a freelance photographer in Baltimore, Maryland. To see more of his work, check out his IG at @juniper.july. His online portfolio is in the works.