Robert B Taylor Photography

Born in Mendocino County in 1946, Taylor has photographed the landscape within a few hours drive of his home in Ukiah during four decades. First introduced to photography by a friend in Vietnam, Taylor later refined his knowledge through careful study of the technical manuals of Ansel Adams. He has drawn inspiration from the work of many past and contemporary photographers including Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, Brett Weston, Wynn Bullock and Paul Caponigro. Taylor photographs in medium and large format, preferring 4x5 and 8x10 view cameras to render fine detail in the natural scene. His photographs are known for their clean composition, their emotive content and the craftsmanship with which they are produced in his traditional darkroom. Since having his first solo exhibition at the Alinder Gallery in 1991, Taylor has shown his work in more than 40 group or solo exhibitions. Now exclusively represented by Photography West Gallery of Carmel, California, his most recent solo and group exhibitions have been there.

Regarding photography, Robert writes the following:

"For me, as is surely the case for other photographers, certain photographs possess a magical quality about them. The reasons for this allure seem to be both personal and universal. On the personal level, I find myself drawn to themes that have abided in me since childhood, such as a love of nature and a nostalgic view of the passage of time. However, other photographs seem enchanting due to lyrical and emotive qualities inherent in the silver image itself. Subtle qualities of light and tonal nuance seem to charm the psyche regardless of theme or personal preference. The quest for such photographs is at the same time elusive and exhilarating."