Ollie Taylor is a Dorset-based international award-winning landscape and landscape astrophotographer, currently based on the coast of Dorset in the UK (when actually home), with spectacular coastal scenery within walking distance, literally, outside his front door.
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 2003, 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 9000 landscape and travel images, some of which can be found on various leading stock photography websites, including high tier creative photography agencies. Ollie has built up a string of direct clients, leading to his work being used in brochures, magazines, business marketing, on book covers, and on thousands of websites internationally.
In 2014 Ollie set up the first landscape night sky (nightscape), and landscape astrophotography workshops of their kind in the British Isles, possibly in Europe; he continues to run them very successfully. 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, and have since been delivered in Scotland, across England, and in Wales, as well as across Europe, as far as Greece, also for an external firm (6×6 Centre for Photography) in Cyprus for 2017; they now take place in different locations across Europe annually see photography workshops here.
Lovers of Light 2015 – Overall first 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 2017).
International Garden Photographer of the Year 2015 – Highly commended (nightscape photography imagery)
Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year 2015 – Nightscape photography comended 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 including a more ‘low key’ editing style of the night sky for magazines to include Advanced Photographer, NPhoto, Practical Photography, Digital Photographer, My Space Magazine, Astrosurf, and Spektrum der Wissenschaft; he ran a featured low light workshop for Nphoto Magazine with one of their readers; and more recently in 2017 working on location with Nphoto in Cornwall to produce a landscape astrophotography workshop and apprentice feature. Ollie has featured in astronomy magazines across Europe; and dealt with tabloids directly as far from the UK as Argentina.
His work has also featured in local county magazines such as Dorset Life, and many of the mainstream UK and European tabloid newspapers to include The Telegraph, The Times, The Scottish Times, The Guardian, The Daily Mail, The Scottish Daily Mail, The Sun, BILD, and Le journal du Dimanche. He has been published directly and indirectly in several books and various 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, work can also be found in Weymouth in the following establishments: Muffins Coffee House, The Swallows Rest B&B, and The Lantana B&B, 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 so please check back from time to time or contact Ollie here and ask to be included in annual news letters.
Professional armament (the gear that does the business)
Nikon 20 mm F1.8G
Nikon 14 – 24 mm F2.8G
Nikon 24-120 F4 G
Nikon 70 – 300 mm
Nikon 200-500 mm f5.6E ED VR
Nikon 50mm 1.8G
Nikon 85mm 1.8G
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 …..