Interview by Avery Fields/
Photos by Taylor Mackenzie
Taylor Mackenzie, 20, from Michigan, is our April Photographer of the Month! She received the most votes out of three other competitors. In the third week of April, Taylor won Photographer of the Week. She believes “the photographer needs to emphasize what they want to be heard.” Her storytelling aesthetic is visceral and captivating.
We interviewed Mackenzie to better understand the artist behind the lens. In the interview, you will find tips for up and coming photographers.
The photos in this story are Taylor’s original images (© Taylor Mackenzie).
What is the story behind the photos you’ve submitted?
Mackenzie: When I was in school, I discovered a love for black and white photos because of how raw the emotion felt, it has stuck ever since.
Do you have a specific theme or topic that is the focus of your photography?
Mackenzie: I have regular work, but when I shoot for fun I like to shoot powerful photos, photos with emotion and strength to them.
What have you gained/experienced while working with this topic?
Mackenzie: When I was in school, I shot a lot in this style. I learned very quickly how important it was to match the editing style to the mood of the photo. When working with powerful images, the photographer needs to emphasize what they want to be heard.
Tell us something about yourself that most people wouldn’t notice about you.
Mackenzie: I spend about 3-4 hours editing a couple of photos after a shoot.
What’s a piece of advice you would offer to other photographers to encourage their creativity?
Mackenzie: Shoot things you are passionate about, that is always when your best work is produced.
We at Bokeh Focus recognize the depth of Mackenzie’s work. The execution of lights and shadow creates an engrossing viewing experience. Taylor, congratulations on your winning votes. We hope to see more of your work in the future!