At the beginning of this year, I posited the well-intentioned vibe of clarity and things making sense.
Plans set into motion a year or more in the past were starting to unfold and reveal where my career would go.
Coming out of 2019, I was leaving behind such an prolific and transformative year for my photography and art in general, and had high hopes of what was to come in 2020.
So then I cheesily wrote about having “20/20 Vision” and looked forward to how this year was going to be my best in photography yet.
While it certainly was one of the better years, if not the best, literally next to nothing went as originally planned..
..And that was totally OK!
Some of the better things to happen included winning a local artist mini grant. I was one of several to be given a stipend during the middle of the pandemic to support local artists and small businesses.
I joined a new gallery over the summer, an artist cooperative in Dayton, Ohio.
Speaking of which, I took it upon myself to set up several Instagram pages for both Village Artisans and The ARTery. As if that wasn’t enough, I then began moderating and posting to a bigger artist collective and ecommerce website called Essential Artists Dayton.
Speaking of YouTube, I also ended 2020 just like 2019 with my ‘Best Of’ video and a video in the field at Englewood Metropark being the last two videos uploaded. Not planned and very strange.
I also saw a dead dog on the side of the trail at a local state park while filming an ‘On Location’ episode. 😦
Speaking of ‘On Location’, I wrapped up Season 1 of that series this year! Quite easily one of the biggest creative projects I have embarked on both in photography and my whole life.
Yet at the end of the day the photography itself is what I am truly after, as the rest of this would not matter if I didn’t mention the photos themselves.
2020 was a year in experiments, and I was certainly not in lack! So many different genres and other ideas tested my creativity of what I thought was photographable.
And so I thought the best way to talk about this year is to share 2020 photographs I have taken in the past 12 months.
Just kidding, although I do have a couple of personal favorites you can view in this video below.
“As I sit and type this, the only thing to
think is that “2020 was a very interesting year by and
In terms of my photography, the closure of galleries
and absence of festivals meant I had to get creative
with promoting and sharing the work. However, the best
part is this meant I had a lot more available for time for
the art form itself..
Many miles hiked through torrential downpours,
sweltering heat days, and days spent overnight
camping or viewing the night sky. This year taught me
the importance of limitations and to not be bound by
them. Why put myself in a box creatively speaking? I
pushed the envelope for what to include in my portfolio,
including older styled architecture like covered bridges
and stone bridges, or even artificial light or an
“unnatural” bird perch.
As random as this year was, I felt it was best to roll
with the punches and produce work that didn’t initially
feel like a photograph that Ryan Taylor may take, let
As always, I am ever more thankful for all the wonderful
photographers and people I have met and continue to
see. I am very much thankful for the Universe and all
the opportunities it has presented me towards my
success. My gratitude is unwavering. 🙏
See you next year.”