Updated: Jan 24
Some say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder and, lucky as they are, artists find beauty in everything. This applies to Philip Taylor, a local photographer who uses his vision to make even the most ordinary appear outstanding.
Behind the camera is Philip Taylor, a Prosperity-native pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration at Newberry College. But, before he could call himself a photographer, he had to start somewhere. By watching his family take pictures and flipping through skateboarding magazines, Philip developed an "eye" for what worked through the lens. It wasn't until after he got his first iPhone that he started taking pictures, and he's grown from there.
Aside from school, Philip channels his passions at EMILY Revolutionary Marketing Group, where he serves as the resident photographer and videographer. While reflecting on his time at EMILY, he expressed "It's my job, but most of the time it doesn't feel like a 'job' because I'm doing what I enjoy."
As for the videography side of his position, Philip says it's been a bit of a learning curve, "It can be difficult, but I figure it out and find a way to make it work the best I can. Working with experienced co-workers has helped me a lot to strengthen my weaknesses. I'm thankful I have a job that allows me to work on my craft and be creative in a lot of ways I didn't think I was capable of."
When he's not working on projects for EMILY, he's photographing landscapes and, more uniquely, skateboarding. "I'm attracted to landscapes the most because it's a broad subject. It's what we as people see everyday, and documenting those scenes, trying to replicate those memories, is really rewarding," Philip said. As for skateboarding, he says it feels natural to do, as he knows when and where to be to capture the best shots since he skateboards himself. So much so, that one of his photos has recently landed a spot in skateboarding magazine, Skate Jawn.
Philip's newest interest is film photography, a detailed process that takes nearly two weeks. When asked what makes film so different, Philip said, "Film gives the images more of a story and a look that digital cameras can't replicate." Not only that, but the anticipation of the process is unreal. "Sending film off, being eager to get them back, and receiving the photos after a week or two from shooting, is a feeling that can't be beat."
Philip doesn't see an end to his photography career and is excited for the future on his own and at EMILY. Check out some of his beautiful photographs below.
Find more of Philip's photography on both his personal instagram account, https://www.instagram.com/philiptaylor16, and his photography account, https://www.instagram.com/philosophyphoto/. Make sure to look out for his photography on EMILY Revolutionary Marketing Group's pages, too!
Written by Katharine Chappell