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Meet Sony Artisan Taylor Rees

About a decade ago, Sony Artisan Taylor Rees (@taylorfreesolo) was drawn to filmmaking because of her unrelenting curiosity for people and “all of the weird, beautiful and complex ways in which we respond to life.” This curiosity about humanity and her passion for the environment merge together in her filmmaking to tackle emotional topics dealing with our changing environments and how they affect humanity.

Taylor Rees says there’s nothing better than Sony for her filmmaking & photography. “The image quality is simply unmatched for photo & video. The form factor and size of the Sony Alpha line is perfect because I like to be running around the outdoors and I carry everything I need on my body.”

“My goal is to create stories about the beauty and strength I see amidst this strange existence on our little blue planet floating in space,” she says. “I believe all of us have a story and attempting to understand each other is our obligation as human beings. Filmmaking for me is a way to become more human through an investigation into issues that matter and through a commitment to do this in a way that’s most truthful, most respectful and most honoring of people’s stories. I also want to bring the issues we face on this planet – like climate change – to audiences in a more approachable way.”

The Sony Alpha system, with its combination of small size and high image quality for both stills and video, has proven to be a good fit for Taylor’s work. “The image quality is simply unmatched, for photo and video. Also the form factor and size of the Sony Alpha line is perfect because I like to be running around the outdoors and I carry everything I need on my body.”

She loves the work that she does and the deeper understanding she gains from each topic she decides to dive into. “I love learning,” Rees says. “It’s that relentless drive to experience the world - whether that’s through the eyes of a bark beetle or an entirely different culture and worldview - that keeps me going despite how wearing this career can be on the body and soul.”

“This is one of my very favorite images – shot with the Sony α7R III. It is of The Six Shooters in Indian Creek, UT and I shot it while hanging out of the side of my friend’s ultralight trike!”

Taylor is currently working on a documentary about the impacts of lithium mining in Chile and Argentina. She’s also working on a project about the social justice implications of coal and coal transitions in Appalachia.

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