Taylor Roades (The Short Version)
I am a full time photographer based between Victoria and Vancouver British Columbia; originally from Toronto, ON. Photography has taken me across Asia, and South America. I’ve lugged too much gear through the Canadian Rockie mountains to the Scottish highlands, Patagonia, The Sub Arctic and I have fired the shutter thousands and thousands of times – I’ve had a few very well documented years.
Travel is what sparked my interest in photography, but it is telling stories of people, the planet, adventure, and culture that keeps me interested.
I work on a variety of editorial, commercial and reportage style assignments with companies and organizations that share a vision for sustainability and an appreciation for story. I also have my drone pilot’s license in Canada.
You Can Find Me:
Instagram // Shoots and Updates
Up Here Magazine
Simon Fraser University
Nature Conservancy of Canada
Students On Ice FoundatioN
Canadian Wildlife Federation
BC Maritime Employers Association
Dirt Road Travels
DDB/Twice, Ogilvy Toronto, Toolbox Design, Atlas Content Studio
Taylor Roades (The Long Version)
My first word was go.
Go. Go. Go. Go.
Was it childish babbling or perhaps a prophetic freudian slip?
The first comprehensible sound I ever uttered could have been an ode to a future love of travel, or perhaps etymology, the love of words and eventually stories. It is an adjective, a verb and noun; multiple applications, infinite ways to fit into simple sentences.
Go. – To move from one place to another, to travel.
Go. – Spirit or Energy “You’ve really got a lot of go in you.”
Go. – Functioning properly “All Systems Go.”
Go. – An attempt to try something “I’ll give it a go”
Go. In a lot of ways has defined my drive to enter into the world of photography, to explore, to try, and to see for myself.
Photography for me is as much about living, and learning, as it is a personal protest against forgetting. It’s about revisiting a period of time, the monumental events and experiences that make us who we are. It is about sharing those experiences. Photography is honest and it is the small subtleties of connections between people, of spaces, of gestures that speak the truths of a moment in time.
My commericial work overflows into other projects and vice versa; the combination makes me better at understanding people and seeking new perspectives. I hope it makes me a better photographer.
It is my favourite story my mom shares from my childhood.
A Protest Against Forgetting (Artist's Statement)
We often talk about people with great memories as though it were some sort of an innate gift, but that is not the case. At the most basic level, we remember when we pay attention.
We remember when we are engaged.
The camera is just a tool it isn’t a substitute for our memories but it has allowed me to engage with the world in way I will forever be grateful for. It has allowed me to live a life full of novelty, afforded me new ways of seeing, and after the fact new moments to remember.