Current-web-profile-2x2Ollie Taylor is an international award winning landscape and landscape astrophotographer currently based on the coast of Dorset (when actually home) in the UK, with spectacular coastal scenery within walking distance, literally, outside his front door, but it was not always so. After spending his early childhood in the countryside on the east coast, Ollie became based in a land-locked city situated in the centre of the UK up until 2006. It was the feeling of a need to escape the city, and return to a more rural environment that led to Ollie acquiring a passion for landscape photography in 2002, whilst also studying Architecture. Between 2006-2008 Ollie spent 18 months living in and travelling around Greece before relocating to the East Devon coast in 2008.

Ollie works full time as a freelance photographer, with a growing portfolio of over 8000 landscape and travel images, some of which can be found on various leading stock photography websites including creative photography agency Trevillion. Ollie has built up a string of direct clients, leading to his work being used in brochures, magazines, book covers, business marketing and on 1000s of websites internationally.

In 2013 Ollie set up, and still runs, the first landscape night sky (nightscape), and landscape astrophotography workshops of their kind on the British Isles.  The workshops provide photographers with the opportunity to learn night sky photography techniques whilst located within a traditional rural or coastal landscape photography environment.  The 1-2-1 and group photography workshops and tours started in Dorset and have gone from strength to strength since being delivered in Scotland, across England, and in Wales, as well as across Europe, as far as Iceland, and  Greece, and for an external firm (6×6 Centre for Photography) in Cyprus for 2017; see photography workshops here.

Honours:

Lovers of Light 2015 – Overall 1st prize winner of the Velux competition out of 23,000 international entries.

Outdoor Photographer of the Year – Shortlisted four years in a row (2014/2015/2016/ and recently 2017).

International Garden Photographer of the Year 2015 – Highly commended (nightscape photography imagery)

Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year 2015 – Nightscape photography printed in the “Heritage” category.

Astrophotographer of the Year 2017 – Shortlisted, and featured with the chosen 140 images for the year book out of 3800 international entries.

International Earth & Sky Photo Contest 2017 – Two honorable mentions from TWAN (The World at Night) and two images making it to the final 200 with one also featuring in the video.

He has also written for, and featured in, numerous magazines, writing specifically about night and landscape astrophotography projects and techniques for Advanced Photographer, Practical Photography, Digital Photographer, My Space Magazine and also run a featured low light workshop for Nphoto Magazine with one of their readers.  His work has also featured in local county magazines such as Dorset Life, and many of the mainstream tabloid newspapers to include The Telegraph, The Times, The Scottish Times, The Guardian, The Daily Mail, The Scottish Daily Mail, and the Sun.  He has been published directly and indirectly in several calendars, and also works with Heart of the Garden card manufacturers.

He was asked by Nite watches to become a brand ambassador for the company due to the quality of his night sky and landscape astrophotography.

Ollie provides contemporary artwork for individuals internationally and for various businesses around the south west, consisting of both traditional framed and mounted prints, as well as modern media, including original print behind acrylic glass, brushed and HD aluminium.  Ollie also works directly with artwork providers Wallsauce where you can purchase his work as large format wall murals, canvasses and wallpaper.

The Art Asylum Gallery in Weymouth displays a permanent exhibition of Ollie’s work, as does the Jailhouse Cafe on the Isle of Portland, Muffins Coffee House in Weymouth, The Swallows Rest B&B, The Lantana B&B,  and Weymouth Bay Hotel, artwork can also be found in the visitor centre at Portland Bill Lighthouse and Dorchester main post office.

Ollie produces art for exhibitions annually and dates and locations are updated on the website news feed.

Professional armament (the gear that does the business)

Nikon D810
Nikon D750
Nikon 20mm F1.8G
Nikon 14 – 24mm F2.8G

Nikon 24-120 F4 G

Nikon 70 – 300mm

Nikon 200-500mm f5.6E ED VR

Nikon 50mm 1.8G

Nikon 85mm 1.8G
Lee Filters
Sirui & Benro Tripods & Really Right Stuff Heads
Nodal Ninja 4 Pano 360 Head
Sky Watcher Star Tracker
F-Stop camera bags
& various other geeky goodies

Ollie has used both Macs & PCs throughout his double career and is currently PC based within his home office using Photoshop CC and up to date Lightroom, amongst others.

Unfortunately there was no natural childhood obsession with photography – after dropping and breaking his first Minolta 110 within minutes of his Grandfather giving it to him, the passion was always for the great outdoors. Photography has since become a way to try and share the light, land, and atmosphere captured during his escapades.

He has since learned that it was not just a need to escape the city, it was just a need to escape …..