All photos by Tylor Thuirer. Used with Creative Commons permission.
When you think of Las Vegas, Nevada, you think of the casinos…of people dressed in suits, gowns, and in Elvis Presley costumes…of the seemingly endless nights fueled by hedonism, set against the backdrop of vivid color and bright, flashing lights. It’s a fast-paced city that seemingly doesn’t sleep, the ultimate place to go for wild fun. “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas,” after all.
Of course, this is the Las Vegas that most of the world knows. It’s an image often portrayed in the media and entertainment. But like many other things, there’s a whole other side to this glitzy city that its locals are very well acquainted to.
In Las Vegas, Las Vegas-based photographer Tylor Thuirer gives us a glimpse of the quiet, unhurried side of his city during the day and night. The photos that make up the series show scenes many of us don’t get to see often, such as individuals going about their business, architectural details, and places practically devoid of people. Tylor shot his images in black and white with a Canon 6D and Fujifilm X100F.
With the colors stripped and the contrast amped up, the streets of Las Vegas seemed quieter and more dramatic. The lights that usually take all the attention now serve to highlight the subjects as well as details often overlooked, if not completely ignored.
For someone who’s only known Las Vegas through TV and the movies, it’s interesting to see a completely different face to it. Thuirer’s series is somehow reminiscent of David Egan’s neon-hued I always hoped for better series, which featured roadside motels and gas stations in rural Nevada.