Carlton Taylor Photographer
 

Carlton began taking pictures seriously when as a college student he spent a long summer traveling in Europe.  In succeeding years, time was spent taking more pictues, and printing in the darkroom.  The "darkroom" in those early days meant working with chemicals in a rearranged bathroom or laundry room!  Between raising a family and working on the tree farm, however, finding time for photography became more difficult.

In 2005, after a long career as an investment analyst, Carlton retired.  He had long hoped that once he retired he would be able to devote considerably more time to photography and this has indeed been the case.  What had been an occasional diversion and part time hobby is now a primary activity or calling.  Recognition is coming, too.  Carlton's work has been accepted into a number of juried shows, has won a number of awards, and is now in many private collections.  Carlton is a member of the New Hartford Art League.

The Photographs : The focus of Carlton's camera over the years has been quite varied, dictated more by the opportunity to take pictures than by a specific theme or subject.  Vacations are always a great time for capturing pictures, but walks through the "back forty" and around town can be equally rewarding.  There has always been a camera tucked into a pocket just in case the right scene presents itself to his eye.  The words of Henri Cartier-Bresson summarize it nicely - "Photography is, for me, a spontaneous impulse coming from an ever-attentive eye, which captures the moment and its eternity."

Not missing the days of working with chemicals and paper in the darkroom, Carlton has embraced the digital age.  He enjoys fine tuning his photos on the computer, and printing them on his archival printer.  While the possibilities on the computer are endless, Carlton is not one to do much manipulation.  He still has strong roots in black and white photography from his darkroom days, and now enjoys the ability to do black and white digitally, while leaving selective bits of color from the original scene in the photo.  The effect can be both fun and stunning.  Classic photographs, shown as taken, will always be favorites, too.

To photograph is to capture a perhaps unique and fleeting image that is somehow special in the photographer's eye.  To print that image, share it, and have it appreciated by the viewer is the ultimate reward.  Echoing a comment about artists from the New Zealand Prayer Book: May you, through my work, "see creation afresh"!
 
Shows and Awards:

       2016 - New Hartford Art League Open Juried Show - First Prize - "Music in the Park"

     2015 - New Hartford Art League Open Juried Show - Honorable Mention - "Carnevale"

     2013 - New Britain Museum of American Art, Juried Members Show

     2011 - Investors Center, Avon, CT - "Art of Carlton Taylor"

     2011 - New Britain Museum of American Art, Juried Members Show

     2011 - Artwell, Annual Juried Exhibition
 
     2011 - New Hartford Art League Open Juried Show                     
                    Second Prize - "Water Lily"       
 
      2011 - West Hartford Art League CT+6 Exhibition
 
     2010 - New Hartford Art League Open Juried Show
         
       2010 - West Hartford Art League Open Juried Show
        
       2009 - New Britain Museum of American Art, Juried Members Show
 
     2009 - Farmington Valley Arts Center - Juried show "Portraits of the
                     Valley"
 
     2009 - West Hartford Art League Open Juried Show
 
     2009 - Gilded Edge Gallery - "Captured Moments", joint show with Carol
                     Taylor

     2009 - New Hartford Art League Open Juried Show

                     Honorable Mention - "Bread Delivery"

     2008 - New Britain Museum of American Art, Juried Members Show 

     2008 - New Hartford Art League Open Juried Show

                     Honorable Mention - "Browsing"

     2008 - Connecticut Audubon Society Open Photography Show

                     Second Prize, Plants - "Mushrooms"

                     Honorable Mention - "Moonrise"

     2007 & 2008 - Gilded Edge Gallery Christmas Show

     2007 - Act II Gallery Open Juried Show

                     Third Prize - "Moonrise"    

     2007 - West Hartford Art League Open Juried Show

                     Honorable Mention - "Sidewalk Cafe"   

     2006 - New Britain Museum of American Art, Juried Members Show

     2006 - Canton Artists Guild Open Juried Show

     2006 - Wintonbury Art League Open Juried Show

     2006 - New Hartford Art League Open Juried Show
 

Memberships

 

     New Hartford Art League

 

 Links:

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Carlton Taylor

Birches Pond Farm

232 Turnbull Road

New Hartford, CT  06057

(860) 379-3701