MIRRORS: Oliver Taylor

1994. London, England.

  • Who are you?

I am in my photographs and in my words. after this i am no more.

  • What is it that took you to see the world through a lens?

I’d hate to spend my days with a calculator and an abacus. but more than that, i found wonder in the crystalisation of a moment that photography ensures. in short, i was the most sentimental twelve year old you’ve ever known.

  • What do you write between lines?

I can only wish that there is an essence of my mind, my heart and my soul that lives between the pixels and between the lines. my lament and my song are there, they are all that i know and everything that i do not. my lines are often confused and at times i cannot say that i have any lines at all, but this is part of my curiosity and confusion – so much is unknown just now, but it is not a fear for me that most will never change from this.

  • What can we see in your mirror?

The mirror’s reflection is a reflection of clarity,  imposed only upon the edges as to provide a delicate vignette is my mind and this is the way that i feel i should always work. only in shadows may you find a part of me.

  • Define you in 5 words.

It is daunting and scary to define a being in words, so too a photograph – there is an inadequacy in the art form that we are in love with. we cannot define without spending time that we do not wish to spend in a furious pursuit of a truth that truthfully represents, but even still this is a representation – it is all so flawed really.

  • Define you in 5 pictures (yours)

  • Tell us the quotes that describe you best.

‘puedo escribir los versos más tristes esta noche. escribir, por ejemplo : ‘la noche está estrellada, y tiritan, azules, los astros, a lo lejos’.

(Tonight I can write the saddest lines. Write, for example,’The night is shattered
and the blue stars shiver in the distance.’) – Pablo Neruda.

‘a pain stabbed my heart, as it did every time i saw a girl i loved who was going the opposite direction in this too-big world.’                        – Jack Kerouac.

  • Recommend us a photographer (or as many as you want!)

Robert Frank, walker evans, garry winogrand. to me, their work resonates as an inspection of society; one that becomes a passage for introspection. in the work of frank, evans and winogrand i find solace, but solace in a time of discovery and exploration. for within their frames there is a journey to be made, by inspection we discover the photographer’s social comment, but more perhaps what this comment means to us. there is no mastery in the way they use a camera, because as it is they do not use the camera, for it is a part of their right hand, an extension of the soul – i wish it to always be this way.

  • Your motto?

There is and can be no motto to me other than to live. yes, to live.

  • Where can we see you?

All that i do is so that you cannot see me. my legacy shall remain in something other than what you see, if anything at all.


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