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The beauty inside the rock – photographer Barry Taylor speaks to The Elgiva

We are delighted to welcome a collection of photographs exploring the delicate beauty of minerals to The Elgiva, and speak to the photographer Barry Taylor.
Barry Taylor

Born in London in 1948, Barry’s early life was in Harlow, Essex and Hemel Hempstead. He trained as a Draftsman/Senior designer in the catering industry working on the first four Hard Rock Cafés in the world and the National Exhibition Centre.

Barry loved design and art in general and developed my artistic tastes and style visiting art galleries. He has a love of natural history and followed a taste for geology, in particular fine minerals.

He developed Multiple Sclerosis in my late 20s and as the effects progressed , Barry lost most of the use of his right hand. Working with pottery was very helpful, as well as leading field trips in Yorkshire with Hull University’s extramural activities to help him recover.

Living in St Albans, Barry joined the local photographic Society to enhance and develop his ability, whilst also working designing prestigious catering facilities.

At 42, he took a new track, running field trips in Shropshire and having exhibitions on geology. He started writing articles for Rock and Gem Magazine and although eventually needing a wheelchair, Barry continues to deliver talks to schools, libraries and care homes, as well as holding many photography exhibitions.

His love of crystals and the magical world of delicate minerals growing in quartz led to this exhibition at The Elgiva. Barry hopes to gender an interest in a world rarely seen and usually bypassed; he has also included a few Natural History Shots for other interests.

Barry works for the local MS society and was very proud to receive council’s People’s Award for helping local disabled people.

This exhibition is free to view in the foyer during theatre opening hours.

Available from The Box Office:

  • Framed photographs
  • Unframed photographs
  • Greetings cards

Check out Barry’s contributions to Rock n Gem magazine HERE.

Barry Taylor poster

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