Hello! My name is Rachel Taylor and I love what I do! I'm an outdoor and music enthusiast that loves creating interesting visual and sonic experiences. I was named after Rachel Carson, a nature conservationist who encouraged us to foster our “true instinct for what is beautiful and awe-inspiring.” Through her writing, she strived to let emotions rule, if only for a moment, before seeking out or applying knowledge. I’d like my work to embody this philosophy. I believe that before one can get the general public to truly care about an issue, their interest must be piqued and a desire to care ignited.
I graduated from UC Santa Barbara in June 2017 with a degree in Film and Media Studies. My most prominent film work at University was Beelievers: a lighthearted documentary about beekeepers and colony collapse disorder in Santa Barbara and Carpentaria. In addition, I have also created music videos, promotional videos for bands and record labels, and worked on sets as part of art departments and as a sound mixer. Behind the scenes, I've spent countless hours on post production in sound and picture editing. Though I specialized in documentary filmmaking, I also spent time taking extensive amount of Earth Science classes. I pride myself on being an interdisciplinary thinker.
My knowledge and love for the environment drives my vision for my artistic work. In addition to filmmaking, photography is also a love of mine. Often depicting dramatic natural scenes, I would consider my photography style as ”nature noir." My work spans from landscapes of Patagonia back country to surreal portraiture with environmentalist undertones. I've been doing photography as a hobby for most of my life and my photos have been displayed in galleries such as the Glass Box Gallery in Santa Barbara & the Infinity on West Adams in Los Angeles.
Since graduating and moving back to my hometown, I've been dabbling in podcast sound design, music video directing, filming, and editing, as well as creating video content for an independent record label. I am currently working for Timken Museum of Art, Topshelf Records, and American Beauty Podcast.
As of Summer 2018, I am also creating a music video for the band Wild Wild Wets, producing on a short film called "Another Place" directed by Kenji Bennett, designing sound for a short film entitled "The Lily" by Danish filmmaker Carl-Johan Schwenn Madsen, and writing a screenplay for a short film that I myself will be directing in 2020.
Please take a look at my work that is embedded on this website. If you have any questions or wish to collaborate, feel free to contact me! I'm always looking to meet new people and create meaningful things.
For updates on travel, please take a look at my blog, Strange Cacti.