It's a brand new year and a milestone year for me with a significant birthday coming up in the fall. As you can imagine, it has been a time of introspection for me. As we come into 2018, I've been thinking quite a bit about Tanya Owens Photography. After giving the website a once over, I realized that she was due for a major overhaul, so I gave her a major renovation. She looks quite slick, polished, and professional now.
While going through that renovation, it dawned on me that I never really introduced myself as an artist to you nor did I take the time to introduce the website to you and take you on a tour. Well that was rude of me. To remedy that I have planned a series of weekly blog posts that will introduce you to me, Tanya Owens, and the website www.tanyaowens.com. These blog posts will not only provide a bit about my history as a photographer and my passion as a writer and photographer, they will also give you some insight into the photos I have taken on my travels, why they are whimsical, and new products.
Let's start at the beginning. This is a blog post I shared on another blog July 2, 2010. It is a fitting introduction to me as a photographer and is part one of my artist statement. So, let's flow into the whimsy...
My love of photography began before I could talk. And before I could walk. I am the first born, number one of three. And as you probably have guessed it, my mother did what most new moms do, she recorded my life on film using her snazzy Polaroid camera.
My mother's camera looked something like this:
Image is from: http://collectiblend.com/Cameras/Polaroid/Polaroid-215.html
I instantly fell in love, not so much with the camera, but with the art of Photography.
I was a very happy six year old one Christmas morning when I opened a gift from Santa, aka Mommy, and discovered my first camera. It was not the instant Polaroid my mother had, instead it was a 126 mm Instamatic camera loaded with Black and White film and equipped with flash cubes. I diligently did what any six year old would do, I immediately took pictures of my other Christmas presents including my Barbie doll and her beach house!
My 126 looked something like this:
Yes, I have loved photography my whole life. And I am so grateful, because the images that I can not convey with the stroke of a brush, I can with the click of a lens and the strike of a key on my keyboard as I write narratives that provide context to the image the Artist, me, is/am conveying.
For years I have wanted to display my photographs in a gallery. I was just online looking at my website, ecstatic that I was able to create an icon from one of my photos to display on the address bar of whatever browser the viewer uses. Excited that I have uploaded a bare cross section of images snapped on various travels the last five years. Happy that a long time vision is coming into fruition. Especially since with the aid of technology and the internet my business and artistic dreams are realized. I don't have to show my portfolio to various museums and galleries or do a tap dance to garner attention and scream out to the masses, hey, look at me, acknowledge me, I am an artist and my voice is yet to be realized.
Well, at least not at the moment. I will eventually have to do some of that to realize other parts of my dream. For now, I am grateful for Zenfolio, the host who enables me to run my gallery, Shop, and Blog which provides an avenue for my voice to be heard, even from the desert.
Expand your horizons...go beyond your borders...renew yourself...flow into the Whimsy.