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Behind the Lens with Jeremy Taylor

PHOTOGRAPHER SPOTLIGHT: Our new monthly series that takes you behind-the-lens of some of Cincinnati's most prominent (and/or not so prominent, but really talented) photographers.

THIS INSTALLMENT: Jeremy Taylor, a 25-year-old nature photographer who grew up in Fairfield but now calls Northside home.

CR: What got you hooked on photography?

Taylor: At first, I was shooting only to document and share my adventures in the backwoods with friends, but it quickly turned into something more than that.

CR: What's your favorite subject to shoot?

Taylor: Mountains, interesting rocks formations, and strangers.

CR: Your camera of choice?

Taylor: When I shoot digital, I shoot Nikon. Although, I'm considering switching to a mirrorless system with Fuji or Sony. Portability is the most important thing to me right now. Hauling 15 lbs of camera gear up a mountain along with my backpacking equipment is getting old. When I shoot film, I primarily shoot Pentax. (Soon, I'll be switching to Mamiya.) I never leave the house without a Minox 35 or Olympus XA in my pocket.

CR: The one lens you can't live without...

Taylor: The nifty fifty stays on the DSLR most of the time, and I'm in love with the Tokina 35-105 f3.5-4.5 for my small collection of ME Supers.

CR: What's at the top of your photography bucket list?

Taylor: I've had a project brewing in the back of my mind for some time now. I want to shoot the people of small scale organic farms and primitive living communities around the country. I've spent some time working on these farms in North Carolina and Pennsylvania, and it completely changed the way I view our food system. I'm also determined to shoot landscapes in Patagonia and Guilin within the next few years.

CR: What's your advice to an aspiring photographer?

Taylor: I believe the most important part of landscape photography is respect for the symbiotic relationship we share with the things that make up the landscape. A good photograph makes you feel something. Show me what you felt when you were on top of that mountain, not just what you saw. And, of course, obsess over light and not gear. Shoot with whatever you can get your hands on.

CR: How would you sum yourself up in a few sentences?

Taylor: I'm someone who cares deeply about nature, and I shoot to remind people that we're part of it. Nature has become a stockpile of resources that we economically conceptualize and try to dominate. And that's the mentality that I'm trying to impede. That's my fight; that's who I am. What do I do? I garden. I forage. I practice primitive skills. I take pictures, tell stories, and go to punk shows with my pals.

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If you like what you've heard and want to see some of Jeremy Taylor beautiful work, be sure to click the gallery above. Then head over to his website for more information. Or you can follow him on Instagram @ancientrhythms.