When I moved to Alaska nearly ten years ago, I did so with the intent of pushing my photography to the 'next level'. I have always had big dreams, but even I had no idea how much this landscape would shape me. Like one of the thousands of glaciers in Alaska, it bulldozed my preconceived notions, and reshaped my artistic and personal goals in an entirely new way.
In the Alaskan landscape, I found myself reborn.
My most powerful fine art photographs are created after I immerse myself in a landscape, often for several days at a time. This immersion develops an intimacy that I strive to portray in my photographs. Only in these moments, when I have made that primal connection to a place, is my soul stirred most.
How then can a photograph, one that celebrates the vastness of scale that only Alaska can contain, displayed on a computer screen just a few inches across, do that experience justice?
The simple answer is, it can't.
Alaska is a region built upon superlatives. Immersive photographs of this land deserve a proper showcase. A place where people can come and be drawn in by beautiful, large format prints. Prints personally crafted in Alaska by myself. An experience that does justice to the emotions that I felt while making the photograph displayed before them.
I am very excited to announce a new partnership with Salmon Berry Tours. Salmon Berry Tours is the longest-running & most experienced day tour company in Anchorage. Entirely Alaskan owned and operated, we share the same goals. A premier experience that delivers life-long memories that celebrate one of the last great wild places on our planet, and a shared passion for the grandness that is Alaska.
Together, we are creating a new, one-of-a-kind gallery experience.
The new David Ryan Taylor Fine Art Gallery at Salmon Berry Tours opens to the public on Friday, May 2nd, 2014. To celebrate this partnership, we are participating in Anchorage's incredible First Friday Art Walk, from 5-8 pm. Regular hours will be 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, 7 days a week. Starting May 15th, hours expand to 7:00 am to 7:00 pm.
Additionally, we are proud to support the local branch of the Muscular Dystrophy Association in a truly unique way. In January, I started a new photographic project. 'Through Time' is a celebration of Alaskan photographic art. The first photograph in this series is called 'Genesis', and it truly marks an exciting new phase in my photographic career. 'Genesis', like all new photographs in this series, will be available as Limited Edition Prints & Canvases. The first print made of 'Genesis' will be a 28" x 36" Limited Edition Canvas, valued at over $2,000. One of only 25 copies ever made. It will be signed and numbered, and then raffled off to a lucky winner. Raffle tickets go on sale tomorrow, Saturday, April 5th. Tickets may be purchased at Salmon Berry Tours, through the Muscular Dystrophy Association, David Ryan Taylor Fine Art Photography, and others. Tickets may be purchased for $5, or 3 tickets for $10. All proceeds will go to benefit the Anchorage branch of the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
First Friday/Gallery Grand Opening celebrations are free to the public and start at 5 pm on Friday, May 2nd. At 5:30 pm, David Ryan Taylor will unveil his new masterpiece, 'Genesis'. And at 5:45 pm, a random person will be drawn from raffle ticket purchases as the winner of 'Genesis', #1 of 25. In addition to 'Genesis', the gallery will open by featuring over fifteen stunningly beautiful fine art prints from David Ryan Taylor's collection. Included in this permanent collection is an incredible Special Edition of 'Daybreak', a panoramic fine art photograph of the eastern Alaska Range, measuring 4 feet tall by 12 feet wide.
We hope that you will join us on May 2nd to celebrate our gallery opening at Salmon Berry Tours. Consider supporting a wonderful local non-profit by purchasing raffle tickets all this month, and have a chance to win a highly Limited Edition print on the evening it is unveiled!
Salmon Berry Tours & the David Ryan Taylor Fine Art Photography Gallery are located at 515 West 4th Avenue, in downtown Anchorage, near the historic Visitors Center. Salmon Berry Tours can be reached at 907-278-3572, or by visiting their website at www.SalmonBerryTours.com
. David Ryan Taylor Fine Art Photography can be reached at 907-315-0191, or visit us on the web at www.DavidRyanTaylor.com
The Muscular Dystrophy Association is the world’s leading nonprofit health organization sponsoring research seeking the causes of and effective treatments for neuromuscular diseases. MDA research grants currently are supporting more than 250 projects worldwide. All proceeds raised from raffle ticket sales will go towards local programs led by the MDA. For those wishing to purchase raffle tickets through the MDA, their hours are 12:00 pm to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday. The Anchorage Muscular Dystrophy Association is located at 121 West Fireweed Lane, Suite 100. The MDA can also be reached via phone at 907-276-2131.