Fraser Taylor is a London based photographer focusing on travel, lifestyle, editorial and abstract photography.
These are a selection of editorial collaborations with models, musicians, clothing designers and make up artists.
I suppose technology has a big impact on my work as I mostly shoot using a modern camera body with a mix of modern and vintage lenses. I shoot film for fun and when I do, I’m much more considered with the photographs. Whereas with the new cameras you can shoot endlessly which has negatives and positives. I started shooting digital and have learned analog in the past year or so. It’s definitely helped me making that move back to film photography.
Social media definitely had an affect on me when I first started to shoot. I’d see all these people with 100K followers shooting wide angle long exposures of cityscapes. So that made me try to shoot and pick the photos that I thought people would want to see. It was well received on instagram but I quickly discovered that it didn’t give me the satisfaction I thought it would. Now I just post what I want and rarely look back to see if it was a winner or not. I do feel like now I’ve got an audience that appreciates what I want to post. It took time though.
Coming from a musical background, I often get asked to work for musicians. It’s something I love. Working as almost a creative director. I shoot the promos, design the album art and make the music videos. I love the 360 element of it and getting involved in all aspects!
I have spent the last 10 years traveling to different countries, playing music in a band. We were about to spend 6 weeks recording our second album in a quiet coastal village in Thailand and I decided that we needed to document it in someway. I picked up a cheap DSLR and started shooting everything for those six weeks. It just stemmed from there. I just didn’t stop, soon other bands would ask me to take their photo. Then I started getting requests for fashion stuff and it’s built from there. I’m still totally in love with it.
I honestly cannot say what the future holds for my work. I’m shooting more than ever and I always try to be better. I still feel like I’m relatively new to the whole thing so I’m so keen to learn and grow.
I’m fairly selfish in that I only think something is a success if I like it more than the last piece of work I’ve done. It’s hard not to judge things by how many likes they get or how many people buy prints. But if I’m happy then I judge it as a success.
I take influence from all sorts of things. Music has always been a big part of my life. Now that I’m working for other musicians, I take inspiration from their lyrics, song titles and the feel of a song or a bum. I also find dance a really inspiring subject to photograph.
Taking photos in London is tricky you always get moved on or told to buy a permit so it’s usually a bit of a guerilla operation. I like shooting at sunrise so that always helps avoid any trouble. The most dangerous situation i’ve probably been in is on the other side of the camera shooting a music video on what we thought was an abandoned railway track. Needless to say it was definitely not abandoned. Luckily the train spotted us from miles away and stopped. We got in trouble for that one.