PhotographerAdam Taylor
PrizeSilver in Portraiture / Other_P
Entry Description

Streetkids All-night fast food restaurants, abandoned laneways, underpasses and parks. Their candidness is raw but courageous, their stories painting a heartbreaking picture of young people who are the fall-out of social and economic change. They range in age from 13 to 21. Some are homeless and others have issues with going home, whether it's because they don't get on with their parents or there is domestic violence or drugs. Most of these kids are missing a sense of belonging. They're looking for that feeling of family. That's why they congregate in the city every night. A lot of them have nowhere else to go. STREETKIDS - A PHOTOGRAPHIC SERIES BY ADAM TAYLOR

About Photographer

I became passionate about the traditional photographic printing process when I was 15, convincing my family to turn our storage cellar into a darkroom. I started to photograph my friends skateboarding and I was also doing more considered environmental portraits of them. In my later teens I was completely distracted by surfing and snowboarding and there were competitions that I had started to do quiet well in. When I was 19 I suffered a debilitating back injury snowboarding that stopped me in my tracks for 18 months and forced me to consider my path. My love of photography re-emerged in that time and I decided to give all my energy to learning and experiencing everything I could about the subject, taking a photographic major at art school and then assisting established photographers in Europe for a couple of years. I then set off to see the world, searching and crafting a vision that would evolve into my professional career. Spending a year to traverse the Indian and Asian continents and living with Bedouin in the Jordanese desert. I connected with sage-like characters and shared moments of insight and understanding with many of those i encountered. Formative years spent in nature have given me a deep respect and connection with the wilderness and for the forces at play in the inhuman vastness. To be near to the ocean or immersed within its cool brine feels like coming home. The surfers carving motions and then by extension, all human endeavor, seem small undulations in a universe consumed by indescribably larger ones. I like to work intuitively and create imagery that resonates with feeling and rhythm. I am drawn to human interaction and our restless search for a place in the world. Like music or the cinema - to be able to touch others with my photography would be incredible.