Name: Tyler Core
Where you live:
What you do as a vocation or avocation?
As a vocation, I am a headshot photographer for actors in the city. I also make websites throughout the internet-sphere. Both of these began as hobbies, then turned into careers.
Your two favorite books:
All Quiet on the Western Front by Remarque
Good Poems – a modern collection of solid, life-affirming poems edited and arranged by Garrison Keillor
Your two favorite songs:
That answer is as mercurial as they get, so I can’t easily answer it. Whenever someone asks me whose voice personifies your life, I go with early Stevie Wonder, hands down. But three artists are always in the mix of my life: Nick Drake, Bob Dylan and Sufjan Stevens.
Why you are interested in spirituality?
Well, when it comes to telling a story, I always like to find the through-line, that one string that unites the disparate elements of the piece. I find spirituality to be that string, that pull on people’s lives. My faith is what grounds me in my art.
Your favorite quote:
Once again, this changes too. My current desktop quote is attributed to the great Winston Churchill:
“Success is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.
Your favorite web sites:
Since I am a massive web nerd, I cannot consolidate a worthy list for you. What I can offer you is a sample of design that I think the world if begging for:
Simple, message-driven. Poetic in its simplicity. I love this site.
When I’m forced to focus on nothing, my mind defaults to my faith and the direction of my life. Long ago, I latched onto a simple goal: make all efforts to live of a life of love, grace and good work. Luckily, in the span of history, there is a precise definition for this I’ve found in Jesus Christ. You lay out His life and can’t deny the indelible impact of His teachings on compassion, love and sacrifice. It’s stunning, really, and as timely as ever as our world grows steadily inward and hands recede into our coat pockets.
I don’t have one particular hero but I have been shown heroism through so many touching stories and people. My mother is a constant source of perseverance and father, of sacrifice.
A spiritual lesson you hope to learn?
Basically, finding that through-line of life. On the human level, we all wish to connect. For example, I love to day-trip downtown and wander aimlessly. Downtown Chicago forces people to bump into each other and interact. There are flare-ups and laughs and misunderstandings and pick-up lines and sorrow and excitement: every aspect of the human experience occurs on these trips. It rounds me out so much and places my life/problems in context.
A place in the world where you feel spiritually “connected?”
There’s a spot on the lake-facing side of the Adler Planetarium, downtown. On a sunny, windy day, you can take in this sweeping waterscape, with the sun bouncing off the waves. It’s a sight to behold.
People can catch up with me in a series of ways:
My website for headshots:
My website for song lyrics & such:
My story website that I’m currently re-launching:
My most-updated photography portfolio: