Life on the Road with Rae Sremmurd Photographer Myles Harris
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As the de facto photographer for Rae Sremmurd, one of rap’s youngest and most lit duos, it would be easy for Myles Harris (@mylesxharris) simply to focus on the bright lights of the shows and video sets he shoots. But he prefers capturing the little mundane moments––naps, casual backstage chats, trips to the mall––in between the glitz and girls that often characterize #raplife.
“It’s not what people typically see every day, especially from their favorite artists. It gives you a feeling of really knowing them,” the 21-year-old says of his work.
Growing up in North Carolina, Myles knew by the time he was 11 that he would be a filmmaker and photographer. After finishing high school, he planned to study film in Florida. Atlanta was only supposed to be a stopover to see his dad, but once there, he realized it was the ideal city in which to build his dreams. He enrolled in the shortest audio technology program he could find and by chance ended up studying under Jeron Ward, who was then producing in Outkast’s Stankonia Studios. Once Jeron spotted Myles’ talent, he let him tag along to his sessions.
Naturally gregarious, Myles easily made friends everywhere, from his next-door neighbors, the rap group Two-9, to Mike Will Made It, one of the city’s most successful producers. His ease in making connections might have greased the skids of his career, but at the end of the day, he says, skills are what set you apart.
“You definitely have to be good with words in this industry. Everybody’s trying to do what you’re trying to do,” he explains. “You can talk your way into all these great relationships but your talent is really what separates you.”
One of the acts that recognized Myles’ talent was Rae Sremmurd, two brothers on Mike Will’s label, EarDrummers, who were just beginning to bubble with their song “No Flex Zone.” They saw and liked the videos Myles had shot for Two-9, and shortly thereafter, Myles put his stuff in storage and took off with the guys on their yearlong world tour.
No matter how exciting, those many nights of performances eventually do blur together, hence Myles’ preference for photographing his subjects’ downtime. Plus, “I’m not one to be all hype about being around celebrities. I look at everybody as humans, regular people who are talented at what they do,” he says. In Myles’ eyes, rappers really are like you and me — with just a little bit more champagne.
Bleib in der Schule // Trailerpark
Bonbon // Era Istrefi
Faded // Alan Walker
IDFC // Blackbear
Been you // Justin Bieber
Stitches // Shawn Mendes
Colors // Halsey
I’d love to change the World // Jetta Remix
Can’t remember to forget you // Shakira
Hold me down // Halsey
Shaded in // filous
This could be us // Rae Sremmurd
No Type // Rae Sremmurd
No Flex Zone // Rae Sremmurd
Don’t let me down // Illenium Remix
What I did for love // Michael Brun Remix
Pillowtalk // Nosleep Remix
Good for you // Selena Gomez
Young and Beautiful // Lana del Rey
Forget // Marina and the Diamonds
Tear in my Heart // Twenty one pilots
New Americana // Halsey
Bengalische Tiger // Materia
Lach mich tot // K.I.Z
Love Yourself // Justin Bieber
All time low // Jon Bellion
Wombass // Tiësto
Trostpreis // Alligatoah
What do you mean? // Justin Bieber
I walk the line // Halsey
Give me everything // Pitbull
XO // the Eden project
Strange Love // Halsey
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