Thursday Thoughts with… Crash Taylor

Welcome back, and a happy Thursday to everyone.  My apologies for the apparent “no blog” post yesterday.  Just when you think all is going well, work goes and serves up a crashed server that sidetracks you completely all day.  Needless to say, it looks like it’s still not back up this morning, but the blog must roll on!  So, today, we’re gonna stick to our regular schedule of the Thursday Thoughts series.  This week, I have the honor of sharing and enjoying the company of the blog with Crash Taylor.  An excellent photographer, and interviewer himself, this is kind of turning the tables, as the interviewer is now being interviewed!  SO, without further ado, here is Crash Taylor!

Q:  Everyone always wants to know some of the basics, so let’s get a few things out of the way at once here…How long have you been a photographer?

A:  Professionally 4 years.

Q:  Canon, Nikon, Sonly, Olympus, Pentax or some other brand?

A:  Canon 5D Mark II’s all the way baby!   It’s the ultimate wedding camera.

Q:  Mac, PC, or Linux?

A:  Mac’s rule!

Q:  Chocolate, Vanilla, or Strawberry?

A:  Vanilla of course.

Q:  Moving into a little more granularity, photographers often enjoy hearing helpful and constructive critiques of their work, as we are aware of how much we can grow from it.  However, we’ve also all had the “nice shot” and “cool” comments when we’ve shared our work.  With that pretext set, what was the singular most useful critique or comment you’ve ever had on work you’ve shared publicly?

A:  My wife is my biggest fan and holds nothing back when critiquing my work. Her favorite phrases are I LOVE IT or I HATE IT.

Q:  Normally, I’d ask next who said it, but that’d be kind of redundant now.  So, let’s skip ahead to the next question.  If someone was asking you for an honest critique of their work, what 3 factors would you look at most (excluding friendships or family relatives, we’re talking professional or fellow photographer-types here)?

A:  LIGHT, COMPOSITION and EMOTION to me are the key elements to creating a stunning still image.

Q:  Got any war stories from field shoots or outings that you can or would be willing to share?

A:  Not yet. I’m sure I will have some by the end of my career though. Ask me then.

Q:  If you had to choose between the gear or the software as the only way to create, which would it be and why?

A:  I definitely need both to create my signature style images.

Q:  If you had to pick three pictures out of your entire portfolio to represent your approach to photography, or your artistic vision, which ones would you pick?

Crash Taylor Gallery

Crash Taylor Gallery

Crash Taylor Gallery

Q:  Any final thoughts you’d like to share about the state of photography or any catch phrases that you keep in mind when shooting?

  1. Move it from the middle, move in close, watch the light, aim for impact and then capture the moment.
  2. Life without passion and photography is unforgivable.

Thanks so much to Crash for taking the time to sit down and participate in the Thursday Thoughts series.  Like his outlook?  Then check out his site – it’s a must see, and can be found on the web here. Got anyone you would like to hear from on the Thursday Thoughts series?  Feel free to share ideas, comments, suggestions in the comments.  Until tomorrow then, happy shooting.

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4 comments for “Thursday Thoughts with… Crash Taylor

  1. January 15, 2009 at 10:44 am

    It’s great to see Crash being interviewed. Thanks Jason. His “Interviews by Crash” offer so much insight and inspiration. 5D Mark II too…..awesome awesome camera.

  2. January 15, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    Big Fan of Crash!!

  3. January 15, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    Thanks so much Jason for the interview. Kevin and Mike you guys rock.

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