The discontinuity between the photographer I am and the photographer I want to be disappears somewhere between who I was before this shoot, and who I am presenting these. The struggle to create the work that is in line with the vision I have for myself is ongoing, but shoots like these give me hope. I took an art history class in college, and have since considered the intention and purpose with which great artists come by their work. There is more than circumstance and chance involved in producing work that is meaningful. Therein, lives the ongoing conflict for creative people to draw the line between what influences us [me] and feeling secure enough in our [my] own ability to execute an idea and call it our own. Anyone who is aware of my influences in photography can see their works influence play here. The subject matter is nothing new, but in this case it is mine.
I’ve always been fascinated by the majestic quality of deer, elk, and stag. The beauty of their antlers is, in my opinion, as powerful and carries as much pride and strength as the images associated with a lion. For me, antlers represent more to me than the actual physical changes and growth that deer go through. They are a symbol of my own growth and seasonal development as a father, husband, and artist.
After a morning where I couldn’t seem to get out the door to head to this shoot, and a trip down a river embankment that left Taylor covered in mud (I have photos), and a dead car battery, it seems like everything that could have gone wrong did. Nonetheless, I’m left with these images, the fellowship, and the positive influence of another individual. You can follow Taylor on twitter & instagram via @misstaylorperry
All of these images were processed with the newly released VSCO Film 05.
Color images (save the bottom 2) - Kodak UltraMax 800
Bottom 2 images - Kodak UltraMax 400 Contrast +
B&W image - Fuji Neopan 400 Contrast/Fade +