(c) This picture is the copyright of Barry Taylor.
Barry Taylor has kindly donated two of his photographic pieces (including the one above showing Brewers Quay, Weymouth) to the ILF following our "Art Search" feature in the newsletter.
He says that his ILF award is vital as it allows him to employ personal assistants. Without this he would be unable to stage exhibitions of his work, give talks to aspiring photographers and follow his study of geology. "I am in a wheelchair, partially paralysed and unable to drive," he says. "Therefore I rely on my PAs to take me to and from exhibition or presentation venues. Without the assistance of ILF, this would have been impossible."
With a career as a design consultant behind him, Barry has found that the restrictions caused by Multiple Sclerosis have forced him to explore different creative outlets. Photography began as a hobby but has become an increasingly important part of his life. Barry's striking visual style exemplified in his latest work (including experimenting with colour and mirror-imaging) is inspired by double vision - a common effect of MS.
Barry recently finished an exhibition (involving 20 local artists) that raised over £2,000 for his local specialist MS centre.
"I wish to thank the ILF for the valuable support it gives me. Without it I would be unable to lead the fulfilling life I do," says Barry.