Berkeley, California based … but West Coast nomadic for my work until summer 2017
I’ve had a camera in my hands since my first Kodak Instamatic 124 in grade school, a gift from my parents to shoot snippets of my expat life in Europe. I’ve also had an enduring love for animals, nature and ecology. But, it wasn’t until I volunteered at wildlife hospital in the San Francisco Bay Area that my passion for photography merged with my environmental advocacy. Working in wildlife rehabilitation gave me an intimate view into the lives and struggles of species so often inaccessible and removed from our own.
I do my best to paint my experience and theirs in pixels … that heart-stopping moment when ten thousand Snow Geese take flight overhead … when an old elk bugles under the season’s first snow drops … when a pod of Orcas glides past the boat, sharing the pulse of the ocean. Through the intimacy of my lens, I hope to promote love and appreciation for our fellow beings, their lives interwoven with our own.
Animals are, indeed, our “fellow prisoners of splendor,” as Henry Beston once wrote. They, above all, suffer for our ignorance. So, every eye, every heart, every lens turned toward their well-being helps build a model of compassionate co-existence and ahimsa — the spirit of non-violence toward all — that will someday be our norm, not our anomaly.
You can read more the inspiration behind my camera in an interview with Empirical Magazine.
Member of: NANPA Wildlife Photography Ethics Committee; International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council; Nature Blog Network; Wildlife Photography Blog Network
• My work appears in publications, exhibits, and installations that include:
Bay Nature • Via Magazine (AAA) • Bay Journal • San Francisco Chronicle • Getty Images • Scottish Wildlife Trust • Bluebird Journal • Visual Arts Collective
Featured cover photos include: Colorado Review • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Magazine • Functional Ecology Magazine • Penguin Publishing’s “Morning Glory” • Puget Sound Partnership’s “State of the Sound” • Acker Records album art (A more complete list of credits is here: Published Images)
Writing + Research
• I’m an independent book researcher, credited in 16 best-selling books and four book series.
• Until 2009, I worked at About.com as city editor for the San Francisco website, covering civic and cultural issues and events.
• I’ve been certified as a California state wildlife rehabilitator, completed 24-hour Hazwoper training for oil spill response, received certification in Wildlife Emergency Response training for field rescue, and volunteered for Emergency Animal Rescue Service, a domestic animal rescue for disaster mobilization.
• In 2014 I co-founded the Wildlife Conservation Pass Project with my colleague Larry Jordan, of the Burrowing Owl Conservation Network — a grassroots effort to implement a new non-hunters’ revenue pass for our National Wildlife Refuge system.
WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY ETHICS
Ethics are a priority for me when photographing wild animals, and I do my best to put the well-being of the animal over the photo. I say this with recognition that we all have an impact on wildlife, even in the simple act of walking down a trail or sometimes, just pointing a lens. My own practices have evolved and improved through experience. But as a general rule and to the best of my ability, I work to reduce how intrusive my presence is.
NATURAL LIGHT FOR WILDLIFE
With wildlife, I shoot in natural light, no flash or artificial illumination. Generally speaking, shooting without flash is less intrusive to wild animals, and I enjoy the challenge of working with the nuances of available light. Because I appreciate photographs as emotive and story-telling devices, I see the technical imperfection of in shooting difficult light — darkness, fog, and high-contrast situations — as a call to adapt and find something new in the frame. If I use artificial light in any situation, I’ll note it in the description.
• Cameras: Olympus OM-D cameras (E-M1 and E-M5)
• Lenses: Zuiko/m.zuiko (300m f/4, 50-200mm f/2.8-3.5, 40-150mm f/2.8, 14-54mm)
• Post Processing: Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop, as well Nik Software.
For fine art images and prints, I do take creative license with effect and outcome (and will note that distinction). In naturalistic or documentary photography, I make standard edits on RAW files which include exposure, sharpness, contrast and so forth.
Enjoy your browsings and drop me an email if you have any comments or need more information. Thanks for stopping by!
~ Ingrid Taylar
PHOTOS + USAGE/LICENSING
For all uses or permissions of images posted here, please feel free to contact me for the specs. I keep a limited selection of Creative Commons images on Flickr for public use in educational, editorial and non-commercial contexts.
Photos, writings, and graphics © Ingrid Taylar
The family move to Europe that sparked a lifelong photographic adventure.
(I lost that beloved yellow, stuffed mouse in hotel not long after this images was snapped.)
Wildlife rehab work in my volunteer apron …. feeding an orphaned raccoon kit
The photographer, bottom right, as just a tiny component of the greater universe.