Juliet Taylor discovered her passion for photography when taking impromptu photographs of her colleagues on a night out during her dentistry studies in Nottingham. It was the turning point of her career, as she set out on her journey, moving back to Australia to assist industry acclaimed photographers in Melbourne, while developing her own skills in photography. Taylor now shoots as one of Australia’s top advertising photographers, capturing honest and arresting moments for internationally renowned agencies such as Saatchi & Saatchi (Sydney and Paris), Ogilvy and BWM to mention just a few. She has worked on an array of campaigns for global clients including Ford, Procter & Gamble and Nissan, Renault etc. Recently turning her attention to live motion, Taylor also directs television commercials and music videos, which she considers as a complimentary creative outlet that supports her passion for photography. She is listed in the Luerzer’s Archive top 200 ad photographers of the world, and in 2012, was featured as the only Australian female photographer. For more of her works visit her website www.juliettaylor.com and don’t miss out the interview below.
How would you describe yourself in one word?
Whom do you look up to?
Miroslav Tichy, Erik Satie, Tyco Brahe, Serge Gainsbourg, Le Corbusier, John Frusciante, David Cerny, Alejandro Jodorowsky.
Are there any personalities that have contributed to your successful career path?
I was lucky to work with my mentor, an incredible photographer named Eryk Fitaku. He really helped shape who I am today. He was brilliant – eccentric, creative with a very strong character. Also, Bobbi Gassy – another creative industry character. I’m now a member of The Pool Collective – A group of photographers that work individually but are under the same umbrella – They all inspire me.
How did your photographic career start?
I was studying dentistry in London at 20 – One night we had a party in the surgery where some of the girls turned it into a studio – I picked up the camera that night and my dentistry career was immediately over. I always loved photography but i was brought up in a very conservative family so it seemed somewhat out of reach, but at that precise moment in London, i just knew it was exactly what i wanted to do for the rest of my life.
What was your favourite project and why?
The next project is always my favourite.
How do you define creativity?
Creativity is the basis behind every decision we make. It’s a part of everyday life – It’s everywhere – Whether you choose to see or use it, is up to you.
If you had one advice for someone seeking to live a creative life, what would you tell him?
Do whatever you want to do and surround yourself with people that share that vision.
Do you have a favourite quote that describes what you truly believe in?
‘Always be a little uncomfortable ‘ – I live a pretty random life with little attachment – I find this works for me and continually breeds new experiences for creativity. I will settle down and buy a house when I’m dead – life is too short. I also believe it’s important to share ideas, information and knowledge – I love teaching students, taking on interns and work experience. If they can take any ideas and make them better – They deserve to have them.
What was the biggest challenge you’ve faced during your career as a photographer?
New challenges emerge all the time as I have progressed through my career – It’s a constant evolution. I’m my own harshest critic and put a lot of pressure on myself to produce work to the best of my potential. Being a photographer can be a lonely hard gig and I have found the best thing has been to have great people around me who believe in what I do and are equally in-line with my goals. I feel really lucky to have found this amazing support structure with The Pool Collective – Finding good people is hard and takes time – this has probably been the biggest challenge.
What do you know now that you wish you knew at 21?
I have no regrets with any of the decisions I have made so far, they have shaped who I am, but If I had to do it all again – I would have left school at 15 and moved to Paris.
Is there anything for which you would be ready to give up your passion of photography?
Being taken by aliens to live on another planet.
All images © Juliet Taylor