I am a photographic artist living and working in London. My main focus is portraiture and I work collaboratively with my subjects, usually ‘staging’ scenes from their everyday lives. I’m also particularly interested in the histories and technologies of photography, and enjoy adding to my ‘tool-palette’ by experimenting with old cameras and techniques. My work has been exhibited across London, the UK and Europe, in the form of prints, handmade books, and installations.
I studied photography at the University of Westminster, gaining a BA (Hons) in Photographic Arts (2009) followed by an MA in Photographic Studies (2013). My studies there were undertaken as a mature student whilst working full-time in the music industry (which I have now moved away from). Since completing my MA, I have taught Art & Design at FE (Foundation) level and I am now a visiting lecturer in photography at the University of Westminster.
Since 2010 I have worked as an Arts Mentor for prison-arts charity The Koestler Trust, which has enabled me to fully appreciate the benefits of distance-learning opportunities and the value of developing personal creativity. This has led me to become involved in running educational workshops at October Gallery, in London. I also offer private tuition in essay skills, and practical workshops in “alternative” techniques such as pinhole photography and cyanotype printing.
In my personal practice, I am currently producing a community portrait project for a national archive (Westminster). I’m separately involved in a heritage project, collecting and archiving recorded memories & stories (oral histories) from people living in the East End of London. A sample of my photographic work can be found at www.jayne-taylor.co.uk.
I am very happy to be here as a tutor at the OCA, a unique institution with a great ethos. I see photography as a way of describing the world, and I look forward to sharing my enthusiasm for this magical medium by encouraging students to each develop their unique photographic voice.