Taylor Pool (1989) was born in Oklahoma, USA and raised in many different cities throughout Oklahoma and Kansas, but calls Wichita, KS his home in the States. He currently resides in Nuremberg, Germany and has been living in Germany since Aug 2008. His grandpa gave him his first film camera, Canon T50, to him at a young age of 15, and that launched him into the passion and path of photography. Starting out with live concerts and portraits of friends, then turning into paid jobs, helped him realize that there's something more to photography than the average portrait or paid gig. At 19 he left for Germany and has no plans at moving back to the States anytime soon. Traveling to over 25 countries since 2008, he's seen a new kind of beauty and culture that has left him the desire to see and search for more. From the average person on the street, to an Ethiopian village farmer, Roma families in their mud huts, English folk dancers, and rickshaw drivers in Bangladesh, Taylor photographs all kinds of people, cultures, races, and ethnicities. Taylor's Grandpa taught him that "There's no such thing as a stranger." That is the essence of Taylor's photography, seeing the human, friend, and person in all of us and everyone that he photographs.
Since 2006 Taylor has used Canon T50, Canon A2, Mamiya RZ67, and now solely uses (pictured below) the Twin Rolleiflex 3.5 from 1965 that was passed on to him from his Great Uncle. The Twin Rolleiflex allows the subject that Taylor is photographing to feel more comfortable and less threatening than the average camera. Rather than covering his face with a big camera lens and missing the personal connection that you get face to face, he can simply do all that he needs to do and still look at the person in the eye.
Taylor has been working in the darkroom since 2006 and is continually learning techniques and discovering "the perfect print" does not come in 10 years, but possibly 20 years or more. Taylor loves the darkroom because working with hands, chemicals, paper, and film feels more like creating a piece of art rather than a printer doing it for you. He's able to spend more time with his subject than he had when taking the photo, like he is in the darkroom.
Wichita, Kansas, The Free Free, 2008
Wichita, Kansas, Photography Cafe, 2009
Harpenden, England, The Oval, 2012
London, England, Cafe Eterno, 2012
Wichita, Kansas, Meads Corner, 2012
Herrnhut, Germany, Wildnis Cafe and Gallery, 2013
Hof, Germany, Hoftexplosion, 2015
Hof, Germany, Hoftexplosion, 2016
Nuremberg, Germany, Wonderland Cafe & Gallery, ArtMarkt 1, 2017
Nuremberg, Germany, Wonderland Cafe & Gallery, ArtMarkt 2, 2017