About Fine Art Photographer David Ryan Taylor
David Ryan Taylor is an internationally awarded and published fine art photographer, based in Alaska's Matanuska-Susitna Valley. Born and raised in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, this entirely self-taught photographer moved to Alaska in 2006, to push his photography to the extreme. In this land of superlatives, David Ryan Taylor has become an internationally renowned photographer, known for the incredible drama in his grand landscapes, the emotional impact of his environmental wildlife portraits, and for the subtle and contemplative nature of his abstract art work. His meticulously crafted fine art prints have made their way into numerous private and corporate collections throughout Alaska and across the United States. David Ryan Taylor is dedicated to increasing the appreciation for wild lands & wild life through photography.
In 2013, David Ryan Taylor’s panoramic images won four awards at the Epson International Pano Awards.
I first visited Alaska several years ago. It was September, and of the 16 days I spent here, I saw only two days without rain. I moved to Alaska permanently the next year. That classifies me as either crazy or entranced by this amazing land. I think it may be equal parts of both.
Alaska is a never ending, always changing, ever evolving canvas. It is a canvas that I simply can not take my eyes off of. I started strictly as a landscape photographer. But in Alaska, I couldn’t help but broaden my focus into the varied wildlife of this great land.
2014 is the 10th year that I have photographed strictly within Alaska. I’ve been on the wrong side of several bull moose charges, gotten horrid-smelling salt water sprayed on my camera gear by a humpback whale that came in for a ‘closer look’, and I’ve knelt within 18 inches of an 800 pound brown bear on the Katmai Coast.
I’ve photographed the aurora borealis in temperatures that dove below -50, stood atop incredible mountains and looked at the next with lust, dangled in the claustrophobic spaces of glacial crevasses, and crossed bone-numbingly cold streams in deep rocky gorges.
Throughout my travels, I’ve witnessed grander scenes than even a grand dreamer could dream. This timeless land continues to shape me. The creative spirit continues to guide me, fleeting moments of harmony continue to inspire me. Personal vision continues to drive me, and because of this, I strive to discover the lesser known and untold majesties that our world keeps secret from those glancing with only a cursory look.
I photograph to experience that primal connection with a place. Only in these places of wild beauty is my soul stirred most. The goal of my photography is to educate and compel. It is my hope that my photographs will move you, and create a lasting memory of one of our planet’s truly wild places.
I do not photograph to simply document. I photograph to capture the emotions I felt while witnessing timeless moments, while immersed in nature's beauty. My goal is to share the emotions I felt while creating the photograph, and allow them to draw their own emotions from the final piece. I hope that my photographs will hold your attention over time, and that you will find yourself immersed in the grand beauty that is our planet whenever you view your print.
Previous and Ongoing Clients
This is a small collection of some of the businesses that I am very proud to have worked with in the past.