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Camera House : Better Pictures 14
laying the foundations for compositional harmony and classicism”). While Taylor’s commercial photography and fashion work is renowned, he also likes to train his focus on more personal projects. A recent exhibition, Street Kids, focuses on itinerant teens from Sydney and New York. It’s a revelatory documentation of kids in crisis. Taylor says he was attracted to the project as he wanted to capture that essence of the outsider, and the fragility of these teenagers’ lives. “I was attracted to those who exist at the edges of society. The outsiders. I wanted people to feel, through the camera, what they were feeling: the vulnerability, but also the courage. I photographed them from a deeply visceral place rather than from the intellect. The camera was drawn to where it needed to go.” While simply documenting an event can, on occasion, also affect its outcome, Taylor is quick to say he never took advantage or wanted to intrude on his teenage subjects. “I came from an open place of love and empathy when I worked with these young people. If ever I felt my camera could have been detrimental, then it was put away, and I was just there to be someone to help if needed, and someone to listen to them.” Still, Taylor realises this style of photojournalism is not for everyone. It takes a special kind of skill to maintain the balance, impartiality and integrity of the captured image. “I am, and have always been, a student of human nature and so I can seamlessly transform between the observer and the director,” says Taylor. His recent work with street kids was not his most challenging shoot to date though. In fact Taylor believes he was most challenged in the early days of his career when he was commissioned to shoot a photo feature on plastic surgery. “I took on this photo feature for a women’s magazine on the proliferation of plastic surgery clinics in Seoul, South Korea. I went over there and photographed a breast implant procedure in the operating theatre, as it was happening. Now that was a real challenge.” Asked what makes for a great image, Taylor responds, “one that endures” and says the best advice he could give a novice shooter would be to stay true to themselves. “Be hungry, be talented, be yourself.” See more of Adam’s work at AdamTayorPhotography.com ■ • Canon 1Ds MK III boDy • Canon 5D MK III boDy • Canon EF 24MM F/1.4L II UsM LEns • Canon EF 35MM F/1.4L UsM LEns • Canon EF 50MM F/1.2L UsM LEns • Canon EF 16MM-35MM F/2.8L II UsM LEns • Canon EF 85MM F/1.2L II UsM LEns • Canon TIMEr rEMoTE TC-80n3 • sEKonIC L308b • ELInChroME sKyporT TrIggEr sET • LExar FW800 CF CarD rEaDEr • hoya pro1 DIgITaL nD x8 77MM • hoya pro1 DIgITaL nD x8 82MM • appLE MaCbooK pro 15In • LaCIE 1Tb rUggED x2 • ManFroTTo 055Cxpro4 Carbon FIbrE TrIpoD LEgs • ManFroTTo 498rC2 MIDI baLL hEaD & pLaTE • WaCoM InTUos4 DIgITaL TabLET • ManFroTTo roLLErbag InsIde AdAm’s bAg 18 FEaTUrE AdAm TAylor 016_Bpics14_Adam_v2.indd 18 29/08/13 12:14 PM
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