About me

Neill Taylor

My photography started when I was 8 years old, with a Box Brownie. That's one of my first shots below, of my Mum and Dad in the garden. My father was a keen amateur photographer, and I spent hours with him in his darkroom, and in his makeshift home studio where he shot portraits of family and friends. His enthusiasm rubbed off on me, and I learnt much from him as well as being lucky enough to use some of his cameras and equipment as I grew up. I also studied his photography books and magazines.

An early Box Brownie shot

My parents shot with my Box Brownie around 1961.

For my own cameras, after the Box Brownie I had an Instamatic, then a Contax 35mm rangefinder, and later a succession of SLRs. I also dabbled with half-plate and whole-plate in those early days. I processed all my monochrome films and prints, and even colour slides and prints from time to time. As a student in the 1970s I was darkroom manager of the University of Manchester Photographic Society, which meant I had a sizeable budget to equip and maintain our excellent darkroom.

My first digital camera

My first digital camera, an Olympus C-2100UZ

My first foray into digital photography came in 2001 with an all-in-one camera boasting 2.1 megapixels! It sounds limited now, but a set of shots I took on the Greek island of Kefalonia were published in a travel magazine and looked every bit as good in print as others shot on 35mm film. That was also my first paid photographic job, and I've since had a number of other photos published in magazines, including a few cover pages.

These days I shoot mainly with an Olympus OM-D E-M1, which I love, together with a range of excellent lenses. In recent years I've taken to studio photography, hiring studio time or working in other locations using my own lighting equipment, or sometimes just using natural light. I still enjoy travel photography, landscape and, well, shooting anything that I see that appeals to me, which is a lot as I tend to recognize beauty in everything and everyone.

Rolleiflex E2

My lovely Rolleiflex E2 (c1962), inherited from my father

In 2015 I decided to set myself a goal to start improving my photography. I did the Open University / Royal Photographic Society course on digital photography, achieving one of the top marks, and then worked hard to obtain my LRPS in 2016. I consider that I am still learning, and I hope that never stops. I'm inspired by the work of many photogaphers and artists and I love working with others, there's always something new to learn from each individual's approach.

I like to be in control of the whole photographic process from start to finish, and generally do all my own printing, just like in the old "wet photography" days. Even this website I crafted myself manually using nothing but a text editor (except for the galleries, which were generated by the Juicebox Pro plug-in for Adobe Lightroom, and the blog, which uses Wordpress). The computer has, of course, replaced my darkroom, and I've been using Photoshop since version 3 in the mid-1990s, when my digital images were generated by scanning film negatives.

LRPS logo

I'm always keen to take on new projects and challenges, so if you have an idea for something creative that I could help you with, please do get in touch. Equally I'd be delighted to help you with family portraits, glamour or fashion shoots, event photography, or anything that you have in mind. See the Contact page for how to reach me.