fanning the flame.

Same hill, different day – Paul Octavious : “For the past 2 years I have visited a beautiful mound of earth that I have come to call “the hill.” Each time I have come to the hill a new story is told to me as if the hill is my stage and the locals are the actors in this daily play.”  -paul

Sirens – Liz Lantz : “Sirens grew from a desire to understand a culture that I desperately wanted to be a part of as a land-locked surfer, riding the waves of Lake Michigan. When I moved to San Diego, it was both exciting and intimidating to see beaches full of people who shared my love for surfing. Popular surf media painted a picture of male-dominated world and I was surprised to see many other women in the water. In response to my own surf experiences, I set out to learn about these women and a side of surfing that is rarely exposed.” -liz

I have been feeling very pulled lately – pulled to dig deeper into what I am passionate about. Pulled to drop everything, pick up some cameras, and just….GO. Shoot for me, selfishly and seriously. Figure out what exactly it is I want my point of view to say. What do I see that no one else does? I have been pondering a lot on what I would want to focus on, what I would want to dig into.

Today I was introduced to these two photographers via blog surfing and they have just fanned the flames of my desire. Both projects appeal to me on a personal level very much, and I wanted to share them with you.



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  1. Tara YOU inspire, and if anyone has a unique perspective it’s you lady. I love those images of the hill. How starkly different each one is, yet how similar. We have a similar hill nearby…in the winter it’s filled with sledders, but last time I drove by it was filled with people flying kites on a windy spring day. Great idea.

  2. Love that you’re branching out into what speaks to you visually! I love your question “What do I see that no one else does?” Truly an artist statement. I can’t wait to see what you see!! (please share!!)

  3. I looove that hill project, I keep seeing it popping up across the interwebs and it’s just so gorgeous. And the chick surfers? Awesome.

    What strikes me about your style is the details you capture in people. Rogue ponytails, lovely crows feet, wide smiles, holding hands. The light in which you frame them is still fascinating to me. <3

  4. I know so many people in that same exact place right now, including myself. It shows that we’re truly passionate about what we’re doing, but sometimes it still just seems like a daunting task. Figure out your EXACT viewpoint; what you’re doing, how you’re going to do it, WHY you’re doing it. YIKES.

    I guess I don’t really have any wise words, but I’ll see you on the journey!

  5. breathtaking photos!
    Is that Berkeley Kite festival?
    Tara, your work always always takes my breath away!

    Go do it, Tara. Allow yourself to be pulled in a different direction. I selfishly want to see the incredible things you do when you’re being “selfish”.

    xo teri
    (p.s. thank you for visiting my site and for your support!!!!)

  6. My business partners and I were forever feeling that pull. Our solution is that we finally put up a creative umbrella that we could house everything we loved under. Design, art, photography, education, sustainability—a little of each tucked under our collective umbrella. Some things bring in the dollars, while others bring inner peace. It’s forever a juggling act, but it’s starting to feel so much more like a comfortable pair of shoes as the days go by.

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