Bright spark

Andy Tay­lor com­pos­ites pho­tos of ob­jects to cre­ate strik­ing im­ages

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My in­ter­est in pho­tog­ra­phy started more than 25 years ago, and I made the tran­si­tion to dig­i­tal around 2001. This al­lowed me to de­velop my work both in terms of cre­ativ­ity and ex­per­i­men­ta­tion. I now pre­dom­i­nantly shoot wildlife, na­ture, still life and spe­cial ef­fects. I par­tic­u­larly en­joy macro work.

In April 2014 I was awarded a Li­cen­ti­ate Dis­tinc­tion of the Royal Pho­to­graphic So­ci­ety (LRPS). This recog­ni­tion of my work was a huge hon­our, and a great per­sonal achieve­ment.

Win­ning ways

Over the past three years I’ve fo­cused on com­pe­ti­tion work, and I’ve won nu­mer­ous lo­cal and na­tional con­tests. My first at­tempt at lay­er­ing light bulbs re­sulted in ‘Flower Bulb’ (a vari­a­tion of ‘Sun Light’ [1]), which has earned me a num­ber of awards and was ac­knowl­edged by the panel cri­tiquing my LRPS dis­tinc­tion.

I pro­duced the im­ages fea­tured here in Pho­to­shop El­e­ments. I pho­tographed a light bulb against a white back­ground, and con­verted the back­ground to black. I pho­tographed the flow­ers in my back gar­den, and com­bined the im­ages us­ing lay­ers and masks; for Night This­tle with Stars [2] I added the moon, stars and water.

I be­lieve that cre­ativ­ity is bound only by one’s imag­i­na­tion, and my de­sire is to push mine to the limit, us­ing my pho­to­graphic skills in con­junc­tion with dig­i­tal ma­nip­u­la­tion tech­niques to cre­ate unique im­ages. I hope to hold an ex­hi­bi­tion within the next year.

01 Sun Light Nikon D300, Sigma 28-200mm f/3.5-5.6, 1/200 sec, f/20, ISO160

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02 Night This­tle with Stars

Nikon D300, Sigma 28-200mm f/3.5-5.6, 1/200 sec, f/3.5, ISO160

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