Adam Taylor became passionate about the traditional photographic printing process when he was 15, convincing my family to try our storage crypt into a darkroom. He started to photograph my friends skateboarding and he was also doing more considered environmental portraits of them. In his later teens he was completely unfocussed by surfing and snowboarding and there was growing success in competitions.
When he was 19 he suffered a back injury snowboarding that stopped me in my tracks for 18 months and forced me to consider his path. His love of photography re-emerged in that time and he decided to give all my energy to learning and experiencing everything he could about the subject. He graduated from the National Art School in Sydney, where he studied Fine Arts majoring in Photography and then assisted established photographers in Europe for three years.
He then set off to see the world, searching and crafting a vision that would evolve into his professional career. Spending a year to traverse the Indian and Asian continents and living with Bedouin in the Jordanese desert. He connected with sage-like characters and shared moments of insight and understanding with many of those he encountered.
Formative years spent in nature have given him a deep respect and connection with the wilderness and for the forces at play in the inhuman vastness.
To be near to the ocean or immersed within its cool brine feels like coming home. The surfers carving motions and then by extension, all human endeavor, seem small undulations in a universe consumed by indescribably larger ones. He like to work instinctively and create pictures that vibrates with feeling and rhythm. He is drawn to human interaction and our restless search for a place in the world. Like music or the cinema – to be able to touch others with his photography would be incredible.
Today I present to you Stunning Photography by Adam Taylor to inspire you. Enjoy!