Sophie Harris-Taylor is a British fine art and portrait photographer. Born in 1988 in London, where she still resides, she received both her MA and BA (Hons) in Photography from Kingston University.
Developing her interest in photography during her teenage years by documenting the lives and experiences of herself and her friends, Harris-Taylor’s work has gone on to be nominated for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, The Renaissance Photography Prize and The Young Masters.
Harris-Taylor is renowned for her images created exclusively with natural and ambient light sources, which lend her work an unusual softness and depth. She embraces the challenges of working with natural light, liberated by the process of adapting to what she is provided with and to where she is led. Stylistically, Harris-Taylor draws inspiration from the Renaissance painters for their use of light, as well as cinema for its composition and storytelling.
Throughout her work, Harris-Taylor continually seeks truth, compelled by a continual sense of beauty in honesty – whatever it may reveal. Her work is in a constant enquiry about relationships, be it the relationship of the subject with themselves or others, or the relationship between herself and the subject. Documenting her own life and relationships with those close to her, her autobiographical journal MTWTFSS seeks to capture “everyday, forgotten nothings” – the everyday moments between two people shared in familiar, often mundane, surroundings, which she believes are more important and exude more truth than any other moments.
MTWTFSS – (Chapter 2)
MTWTFSS is an on going autobiographical, fragmented, sporadic photo diary. Chapter 2 is in progress, with Chapter 1 having covered 2010-2015.
“The work is about relationships, both the relationships we have within ourselves and the relationships we have with each other. It is a reflection of myself and those I know and love. In familiar, often mundane surroundings I seek to capture some element of truth of our lives. For me, these everyday, forgotten nothings are more important and truthful than any other. These are the moments between the momentous.”
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