Tay­lor a hit in theBig Ap­ple

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - By KRIS DANDO

Pare­mata res­i­dent and pho­tog­ra­pher Zechariah Tay­lor has struck it big in the United States.

Last year Tay­lor had three of his cre­ative land­scape shots – in which he uses com­puter ef­fects to achieve a sur­real look – in­cluded in an in­ter­na­tional show in New York.

Now one of the pho­to­graphs, of the Pau­ata­hanui Inlet, has been cho­sen to be ex­hib­ited in one of the big­gest vis­ual dis­plays ever – in New York’s Times Square.

‘‘It’s hum­bling to be cho­sen among hun­dreds of artists across all gen­res,’’ he said.

‘‘You feel it’s the pin­na­cle and it’s a fan­tas­tic chance to show off the land­scapes and the light that we have here in New Zealand.’’

Tay­lor said that while he had changed the way people might see Pau­ata­hanui Inlet be­cause of the ef­fects he has added, the essence would al­ways re­main.

‘‘ There’s a raw, nat­u­ral beauty we have in this coun­try that you can­not beat and that’s in­spir­ing to me as a pho­tog­ra­pher.

‘‘The light and colours we have around here [the Inlet] are as dra­matic as any­thing you’ll get in the world.

‘‘At the end of the day, any­one can take a pho­to­graph, and then ma­nip­u­late it, but it’s what you cap­ture with that base pho­to­graph that re­ally counts.’’

Tay­lor stud­ied pho­tog­ra­phy and graph­ics at Massey Univer­sity.

His early in­spi­ra­tion came from a work­shop he did with ac­claimed pho­tog­ra­pher Len Lye when he was a child.

As well as the in­ter­na­tional ex­hi­bi­tion in New York, Tay­lor’s work was in­cluded in a show in Paris last year.

He pays the bills by pho­tograph­ing wed­dings, but said he hoped the Times Square dis­play would open more doors.

‘‘Some­thing like this steps things up a level and helps you value yourself as an artist. It’s ex­cit­ing.’’

Tay­lor also has a side project de­sign­ing iPhone cases that have pho­to­graphs from around the Welling­ton re­gion on them.

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