Taylor Simpson
An endless summer.
Frames
Words by Tom Disalvo June 16, 2022

Taylor Simpson has well and truly been bitten by the travel bug…

At just 29-years-old, the photographer’s portfolio jet sets across some of the world’s most picturesque cities, from the sunlit streets of Palm Springs to the lolling canals of Venice Italy. Born in the Midwest before growing up in California and later settling down in North Macedonia, Taylor’s ever-changing residence reflects the geographical extent of her photography, where one dazzling city is just a stone’s throw away from the next.  

“I started taking photos more consistently in 2017 on a Canon EOS 6D that I bought off Ebay with the cheapest 50mm lens I could find. My first camera I purchased was my Canon AE-1 that I also got off Ebay in 2016, but I didn’t really start using it until a year ago,” Taylor recalls. 

The timeworn quality of film lends itself to the nostalgia of a bygone vacation, a style Taylor captures with crispy finesse. With such a busy travel itinerary, it’s possible for Taylor to country-hop while completely avoiding the colder months, which explains the yellowish hue that tinges almost every inch of her frames. “I would describe my style as imperfect idealism. I love celebrating the passage of time and capturing scenes of an endless summer wherever I am. There’s so much beauty in this world and I think it’s important to share it with others,” Taylor says. 

While all the staples of a typical globe-trotter are there, from poolside holidaymakers to sailors on the Santorini coast, Taylor is much more interested in the destination’s built environment. One shot captures the futuristic facade of a Palm Springs home, instantly synonymous with Calirfornia culture, and another brings us to the doorstep of legendary artist Frida Kahlo.

“I love capturing architecture and design around the globe. Whether that’s hotel interiors, private homes, cathedrals…I love it all,” she says. In a meta-moment for her architectural work, Taylor says her favourite aspect of photography is having her shots displayed in other people’s homes. It’s fitting for a photographer so attuned to the structural dimensions of a given building, and it’s something Taylor counts as a great honour. 

“I feel so honored when people choose to include my work in their homes. I’ve worked with clients to select and produce extra large prints that define their space and that, at the end of the day, is why I personally take photos.”

Catch Taylor’s full Frames portfolio below, and head here to follow her on Instagram. 

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