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I am honoured to have Kim Taylor Photography chosen for the 2023 Unbridled Spirit Artist.
A Gathering Along the Eastern Slopes
For centuries, cattle have roamed the Eastern Slopes, thriving on the precious native grasslands, clear mountain air and pristine watershed. In fact, cowboys and cattle built the foundation of values and culture in Alberta long before we became a province and they remain a reflection of our resilience, hard work and promise for the future.
Today, this foundation remains threatened. The Eastern Slopes and the lifeline they provide to fresh water, food production, ranching communities and recreation are at risk to foreign coal companies and their relentless pursuit to develop these special areas to the destruction and irreparable damage of open pit coal mining.
For ranchers (like Renie Blades of Rocking P Ranch as seen in this photo) the definition of “Gathering Along the Eastern Slopes” carries a different meaning – a “gathering” of ranchers fiercely leading a community to preserve and protect these areas – before they are lost forever.
The standard of success in life isn’t the things. It isn’t the money ~ it is absolutely the amount of joy you feel.
… artist with a lens
With her lens, Kim has been capturing the beauty and the reality of the west for over twenty years. Mentored by John McQuarrie and Ian McMurchie, Kim has produced award winning images throughout her career. Her work has been on the cover of Western Horseman, as well as in American Cowboy, Canadian Cowboy, Western Horse Review, and Legion magazines. She is the co-photographer of two coffee table books: The Palliser Triangle and Western Stock Growers Centennial Cattle Drive. Kim has self-published a successful day planner for over fifteen years, and also publishes corporate calendars for a variety companies. Her giclee fine prints are in private collections around the world, and her work is used on the set of the Heartland television series. One look at Kim’s work will tell you she understands her subject matter. She understands it because it’s always been part of her life. While Kim currently lives in the foothills of southern Alberta, she grew up on the prairies of southwestern Saskatchewan, and her love of the open prairie sky is evident in her work. Her work hinges around the solitary image of the cowboy. The Rockies are often a backdrop, and her photos are invariably taken on one of the many working ranches of Western Canada. But her images are more than mere landscapes. They do more than document our western heritage. They whisper – of the breeze in the grass, the sound of the trees, the smell of a horse, the cold, the wet, the dust, the heat, all the things that make you feel alive, if you are lucky enough to be there with her. And if you’re not so lucky, then Kim’s work will let you feel as though you were.
Ryan Fritz – Singer, Songwriter, Musician and Recording Artist
Bruce Williams – Video Producer
Kim Taylor – Photography
The human is full of options, but the horse is the truth.
For quite some time I've been meaning to contact you to let you know how much I've been enjoying your Day Planner with your beautiful photographs. Every morning I use it to record first the temperature, then what I did or what happened the day before, etc., and it has become a daily ritual for at least the last 10 years. It also gives me a chance to look at your beautiful pictures again and again, and it brings back wonderful memories of some very special times. So many of the cowboys and even some of the cowgirls you portray I have ridden with over the years and I will treasure those moments for the rest of my days.”
John Schnurrenberger – Kamloops, British Columbia
“I like the Tribute to your friend Doris Bircham and her poetry throughout. The scenes burst off the pages and the mix of young and old with all the animal interaction is art. I especially like the gratitude you express for open spaces and the seasons, these are becoming luxuries to experience.”
Mike Nies – Grand Junction, Colorado
“Thank You for the prompt delivery of the 3 day planners. We look forward to each new edition. Viewing the photos in the previous editions has brought many hours of pleasure and revived old memories. Thanks again for the beautiful work that you do. May you have continued success.”
Helen J. Mossing – Calgary, Alberta
Congratulations on 21 years, that is an accomplishment in the day! I always look forward to each new year, some of the people were young just starting in the industry, now mature probably married with family on the way. It is kind of a family album.
Joan Domangue – Athol, Idaho
"We have enjoyed your beautiful day planners for years now since Amber first gave it to clients at the Vet Supply. It is a year to year chronicle of our ranch activities and lives that has its own shelf space now.”
I purchased a print from Kim and had it framed - it's totally awesome! She has a great eye and amazing talent!
Kim has a keen eye for the Western way of life, and a passion for telling stories with her photographs. She makes images that excite and interest people, and her body of work is amazing!
Lovely pics re your calendars this year Kim!
Deb Treen Shaw
Before the inside of the horse can be right, the inside of the person needs to be right.
“We do not need to be land-owners to make a difference. Everyday
choices do matter and contribute in preserving
clean air, clean water, healthy grasslands and our earth as a whole.”