Lately we have been doing different small interviews with all kinds of people, specifically people we find interesting, and people we want you guys to know a bit about. There will be more to come in the future for you to look out for.
This interview is with the photographer Phill Taylor, who is a young upcoming fashion photographer based in London. Check out his work on his website and blog.
1. Where are you based, and where are you originally from?
I am based in London, but I am originally from a town called Leicester in
the Midlands, UK.
2. For how many years have you been doing photography and what kind of photographer would you call yourself?
I have been a photographer for about 6 years now. I always set out to
work in fashion and portrait photography and spent a number of years
assisting photographers in those genres. My own style incorporates both
staged fashion and portraiture and candid street photography.
3. When you take photos what are you then searching for in the photos and
are there something specific you would like to stand out?
Whenever I photograph somebody I am looking for a character I can turn
the subject into. With commissions I receive it can sometimes be a case of
just photographing a stylish person, but I aim to at least make them stand
out through the way they hold themselves too.
4. Who inspirers you? Where do you get your inspiration from??
There are so many influences in my work and I have a library of
photographers books I constantly search through, but big influences have
been photographers like Helmut Newton, Nan Goldin and Richard Avedon or even
painters such as Caravaggio. But then it is also the people who inspire me
like the actresses and models who can really get into the mind of being
another character. That’s why you can never tire of photographing the best
models, as they are always somebody you’ve never photographed before.
5. Do you have a goal?? Where would you like to end??
My goal is really to keep making a career out of what I love and do. I
want to be able to get the opportunities to photograph the people who can
turn the ideas I have into the finished pieces of art.
6. Why did you start your blog??
I started the blog initially just as a place to put my photography that
never really had a shelf life. Commissions and test shoots that didn’t have
a place on my website and therefore nobody ever got to see. The internet has
allowed photographers such as myself to share to a mass audience the work we
produce, which I guess is a form of vanity for us. Nonetheless, the blog
grew in popularity and this has lead to more commissions, that in turn has
lead to more work eventually being available to share. So it is a kind of
self-feeding circle I guess.
Phill’s favorite photos –