As a young boy growing up in the northern part of North Carolina, Harry Taylor loved taking pictures with his camera. Taylor never knew the passion of photography he possessed as a young boy would become a life-long career.
Taylor’s work will be featured as part of the Victor R. Small House art gallery from Thursday, June 30, through Thursday, Aug. 11 and kickoff with an artist reception Thursday night from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Growing up in Ahoskie and part of Virginia, Taylor attended East Carolina University before working in Philadelphia, Portland and San Francisco. He now lives in Wilmington and his work has been featured in Haven, Garden and Gun, Our State, Coastal Living, Oxford American and on the television show Sleepy Hollow.
“I had a camera at an early age,” Taylor said. “I was in my 20s before I finally got it in my head that I wanted to be a photographer.”
As a fine art and commercial photographer, Taylor works in the wet plate collodion process that involves large format cameras and on site processing in a portable darkroom. This method of photography was developed in 1851 and used during the Civil War.
“The Sampson Arts Council is thrilled to showcase Harry Taylor’s photography in the Small House Gallery,” Kara Donatelli, Sampson Arts Council director said. “Harry works in contemporary and portrait photography and has been featured in many well-known magazines. Harry also works in the historic wet plate collodion process photography, also known as tintypes, which was the norm in the middle 19th century and largely disappeared around 1880.”
According to Taylor, it was the scenic views of North Carolina that brought him back to his home state, settling in Wilmington. Serious about all aspects of art, Taylor says he has found the Cape Fear River to be one of his favorite subjects to photograph.
“Oregon didn’t have the depth and history that I was looking for,” Taylor said about moving back to North Carolina. “I find a lot of peace in photographing the river.”
Using the wet plate collodion process, Taylor added, allows him to capture images the digital cameras aren’t able to provide and captures a bigger piece of time.
“This aspect of Harry’s art stood out when selecting a gallery artist,” Donatelli said. “We are always searching for artists who have unique styles and mediums. Working with this historic photography process, Harry creates artifacts that have a one of a kind look and cannot be made any other way. Because the Victor R. Small House dates back to 1854, Harry’s style of photography fits perfectly with the history of the home.”
Taylor is planning a portrait session at the Small House in September. To schedule a sitting and have a tintype created of you and your family, please come out to the artist reception Thursday night to meet Taylor and discuss the unique style of photography. Portrait sittings can be scheduled at this time.
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