A past as a skipper and professional sailing teacher and a present from a highly appreciated photographer, able to tell the sea and boats as very few others in the world. How can I only those who loved to watch the boats, the waves, the wind first with the eyes of the navigator and then of the photographer. This is the « portrait » of James Robinson Taylor, brilliant voice and characteristic Tuscan accent (although his roots must be sought in New England) and an eye that seems to scrutinize every subject beyond what appears. Taylor brought his two great passions with him to Italy: the sea and photography.
LOVE FOR THE SEA? YOU CAN LEARN REALLY ONLY FROM THE LAST TRUE SAINTS
« It taught me a lot, » he says, « including the knowledge that only the last real sailors possessed, with whom he had been able to forge relationships ». Like Irving Johnson, for example, the American sailor under the command of Brig. Yankee aboard whom his father had embarked. The taste for images, on the other hand, was born spontaneously: « I have always drawn so much, and then, when I was a teenager, drawing evolved into photography ».
A BEAUTIFUL PHOTO? IT IS THE ONE WHO KNOWS THAT THE PASSION IS COMMUNICATING FOR WHAT WE HAVE IMMORTALED
And to those who ask him what a « beautiful photograph » is, he answers without hesitation: « First of all, the image taken must be technically well done. It takes discipline, it takes experience, it takes a lot of exercise to refine the technique. » However, the technique is not enough: “A photograph is beautiful when it is taken by those who have passion for what they immortalize. He must know how to communicate something ”. This is why he loves to photograph vintage boats, capable of arousing in him a special charm and remembering, in the beauty of the forms, the works of art with which he is familiar. In fact, Taylor continues to work in the field of fine art for publishing.
THE GREAT DREAM? PHOTOGRAPHING THE PARTICULAR SPIRIT OF WHO COMPOSES COMPANIES LIKE CROSSINGS IN SOLITARIA
In his future projects, it always remains to follow the solitary navigators in the transfers, because, he says, « there is a particular spirit in those who carry out certain enterprises »: being on board allows one to take photographs that in some way reflect this spirit and transmit the intense flavor of these unique experiences. « Anyway, » confesses Taylor, « I am not only passionate about photography: I also like video very much, I see it a bit as if, in terms of kinship, it was a cousin. » For this reason, he cultivates a dream: to recover, in Greenwich, the shot that Alan Villiers, a sailor and adventurer of the 1930s from Australia, made during his travels, because the knowledge of those who knew the sea and its secrets should not be lost .
(mareonline.it – 01/07/16)
James Robinson Taylor has finally published his definitive volume, an excursus through his thirty-odd years of yachting photography. Back-stage texts, more than 100 images, a flip-through map placing the boats on the course, all in a portable format.