BIL­LIE TAY­LOR

North & South - - Contributors -

Tech­ni­cal­i­ties such as ex­po­sure and light set­tings didn’t get a men­tion at Bil­lie Tay­lor’s first ses­sion with her pho­tog­ra­phy men­tor Adrian Mal­loch. In fact, nei­ther of them even picked up a cam­era. “What he talked about was the in­tent be­hind your pho­to­graphs and hav­ing a clear goal,” Tay­lor says. “What he’s try­ing to teach me, and what I see a lot in Adrian’s work, is the im­por­tance of con­sid­er­ing all the el­e­ments in the frame, and the con­nec­tion and re­la­tion­ship between them.” Mal­loch, a reg­u­lar North & South con­trib­u­tor, went ring­side to cap­ture the ac­tion at Auck­land’s fe­male fight club for this is­sue (see page 42). Tay­lor is in her sec­ond year of pho­tog­ra­phy at Mt Al­bert Gram­mar, and re­cently spent the evening of her 16th birthday at a talk by the son of renowned US pho­to­jour­nal­ist Lee Miller, a fash­ion model and sur­re­al­ist photographer in the 1920s and later a war cor­re­spon­dent dur­ing World War II for Vogue. In Fe­bru­ary, Tay­lor got her own taste of life in the 20s and 30s when she pho­tographed Napier’s Tre­mains Art Deco Fes­ti­val (see page 110). “It was amaz­ing how many people came out and dressed up for it,” she says. “The jux­ta­po­si­tion of art deco and mod­ern- day was re­ally cool.”

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