Looking for some photographic inspiration? Look no further then the current members of the APC. Each month a different APC member will be featured and we will provide a glimpse into their photographic life.
This month, our featured photographer is Laurie Taylor.
My interest in photography really took off in the 1980’s when I took a photo class with an architectural photographer, David Miller in Montreal. Inspired, I decided to do my degree in photography at Concordia University. Shortly after graduating I moved to Toronto and started working at a stock photography agency. From there I moved on and worked at The Canadian Press for 12 years in the editorial photo department. I was totally immersed in photography from the mid 80’s until 1998. Over the next few years my two boys were born and my photography (other than family pics!) was put on hold. About 5 years ago I got back into photography when I my bought my first dslr. As my sons started joining sports teams, sports photography captured my interest. The APC gave me the amazing opportunity to shoot Baseball and Softball at the Pan Am Games for the Town of Ajax this past summer. Thanks APC!
- How would you describe your photography style?
I gravitate towards simplicity. I very much adhere to the “less is more” philosophy
- Which photographer is your biggest inspiration?
In school I studied all the old masters of photography. I was particularly fond of Edward Weston, Paul Strand and Ansel Adams. They inspired me to take photos. Recently I’ve been inspired by and love looking at the work of Silena Lambertini of 500px.
- How long have you been interested in photography?
My interest in photography started when I found a zoom lens while visiting Toronto when I was 13 years old. Upon returning back to Montreal my dad bought me a Minolta camera that fit the lens. I have been photographing on and off ever since!
- What was your first camera?
A minolta XG7 was my first camera but my second camera was much more interesting. It was an old wooden Korona large format camera with a 4×5 and 5×7 back. I inherited it from a well known photographer in Montreal named David Bier who was the team photographer for the Montreal Canadiens from the 1940’s till the early 80’s. He told me at the time that it was the camera that he used to take all the Montreal Canadiens team photos. I used this camera throughout my university years!
- What is your dream photo trip?
I would love to photograph in Ireland.
You can view some of Laurie’s work at https://www.flickr.com/photos/lauriejeantaylor/albums and www.lauriejtaylor.500px.com