I was barely in grade school when I got my first Kodak Instamatic 124. It was a gift from my parents to their expat daughter, as we embarked on a life in Europe upon my father's job transfer. My late dad loved still and film photography, and my happiest memories include helping him edit his 8mm footage, soaked in the aroma of splicing fluid.

At some point in my adult life, I recognized the gap between my photographic gear and my skill level, and became passionately self-taught in photography, devouring every book I could find on the art and craft. For me, it's a boundless, dynamic, and lifelong seminar.

In 2005, after many hours of volunteering with animals and environmental groups, I landed at wildlife hospital in the San Francisco Bay Area. This one choice changed my creative life forever, fusing my love for photography with my ecological interests.

Working with wild animals in a rehabilitation setting forges a connection that's difficult to replicate. It's an intimate view into the lives and struggles of species so often inaccessible and removed from our own. In my photographic work, I do my best to capture the essence of animals in their natural lives, as well depict our complicated and sometimes misguided relationship to them.

Other animals are, indeed, our "fellow prisoners of splendor," as Henry Beston once wrote. They, above all, suffer for our ignorance. I believe that every eye, every heart, every lens turned toward their well-being helps build a model of compassionate co-existence that will someday be our norm, not our anomaly.

That’s why I do what I do — and why I love what I do.

My website:


The well-being of my wildlife subjects is more important to me than any image, so I do my best not to disturb.

I don't bait wild animals or use calls. I'm also careful about nest photos, and avoid photographing anywhere I might compromise the safety of the animals.


** Although some of my images are free for use under a Creative Commons license, *I prefer they not be used to promote any type of violent event or content. Thank you for being respectful of this request. **

Part of the reason I upload select images to Flickr is to participate in the Creative Commons community, providing images for educational and nonprofit organizations, for the purpose of preservation, conservation and teaching. As such, many of my Flickr images have a Creative Commons license attached. Some photos are fully-protected or licensed exclusively to Getty or elsewhere, and cannot be used. So, please check on an image-by-image basis.

Licensing varies by photo:

ATTRIBUTION: May be used freely with photo credit/attribution.

ATTRIBUTION NON-COMMERCIAL: May be used for editorial or educational purposes, blogs, etc. May not be used for merchandising products or commercial promotions without my permission.

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED: Some photos under the ARR license have been sold for limited or exclusive use, so I may not be able to grant permission on those images. But, feel free to ask about any particular photo you're interested in.

PHOTO CREDIT: Ingrid Taylar. Where possible on websites, a link back is nice, too -- to the original photo page here at Flickr or to my photo website (

I always appreciate knowing where my images were used, so feel free to drop me an email, letting me know. Many thanks!

Thank you for stopping by and taking a look. [[:-)

~ Ingrid Taylar

:: Photo website:

:: Wildlife Conservation Pass:
**I'm co-founder this project, a grassroots effort to create a National Wildlife Refuge pass for photographers, birders and wildlife watchers as a non-hunting alternative to the Federal Duck Stamp.

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Ingrid Taylar
August 2004
Berkeley, CA
All Over the West Coast, USA
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