Loyall Hart first experienced the transformative power of photography while building a relationship with his grandfather at the tender age of 10. He woke up to the smell of pancakes and his mother calling his name. He gently stepped out of bed onto the cold wooden floors and made his way to peer out of a bay window where the sun generously crept onto the kitchen table. Loyall’s mother then placed a of stack of color Kodak photographs onto the table and began to share a story about the people who were in them, his distant Filipino relatives whom he had never met. Despite the distance, he immediately felt a tangible connection to his family in the images. Later that day, Loyall went to the local pharmacy store with his mother to purchase his first disposable camera. He began to take images and write stories to send his grandfather. Fortunately for Loyall, the grandfather he had never met was planning an 8,000+ mile journey from the Samar province in Southeast Asia to Houston, TX, within the year. The family meeting with his foreign relatives opened Hart’s mind to exploring the world and the people in it.
As he matured, Loyall excelled in athletics and received a full football and baseball scholarship to Georgia Tech in Atlanta. Hart’s academic studies in Business Management led him to a secure post-graduate career with a Fortune 500 company in mobile technology and innovation. Loyall quickly became a rising star in his career but felt creatively unfulfilled and photography was never far from his mind.
In 2006, Loyall’s grandfather passed and he recalled the feelings of their first meeting. Hart began to explore the multicultural dynamism of his family while learning the technical and artistic alignment of capturing moments. He was tutored by his uncle, an avid photographer, and felt it was his duty to archive the nuances that made his family unique. Loyall turned his passion for photography into purpose!