Bill Tayon: Landscapes and Streetscapes
May 28 - July 8
A Solo Exhibit of Photography
Piasa Bird - Alton, IL 2/5 Photograph by Bill Tayon
When I was a freshman at Winfield High School, I was recruited to be a yearbook photographer. That was in the fall of 1968, and I’ve been into photography ever since. I learned photography on a 120 Rolleicord and a 4x5 Crown Graphic. I soon switched to 35 mm, and eventually earned a B.S. in Communication Arts, Photography Emphasis, from Lindenwood College (as it was known then) in 1978.
After many twists and turns in life, I earned an M.A. in Professional Counseling, a field I have worked in since 1989. I have done counseling at St. Joseph Hospital (on two different go-arounds), Behavioral Health Response, and CenterPointe Hospital. I am now a semi-retired Licensed Professional Counselor, with a small private practice through PsychCare Consultants in St. Peters.
But I never gave up my love of photography, and it has followed me through all the twists and turns of my life. I made the transition to digital photography in 2004, reluctantly at first, then enthusiastically.
Having grown up in the country, I am naturally drawn to landscapes. I am especially enamored of the Katy Trail, when I’m riding my bike on the Trail that is a spiritual experience for me, and I frequently take a camera along. Other state parks and conservation areas also draw me in.
I also have a love for old buildings, of which there are plenty of around St. Charles. Other favorite spots have included the towns of Louisiana and Bowling Green, Missouri.
So in putting together this exhibit, Landscapes and Streetscapes seemed a natural title.
It has frequently been remarked that there are no people in my photographs. That’s not true. Every photograph contains two people: Myself as photographer, and you as the viewer.
This exhibit is dedicated to the memory of my dear friend, Janice Ferebee.