There’s nothing more I dislike than scrolling through blogs (or just the internet in general) and coming across something that captivates me like a photograph, a video, an art work or something similar and seeing that it hasn’t been credited appropriately. This leaves me annoyed (and wishing that google had an image search service where I could just upload any photograph I want and click search to find out everything about it. Can someone actually please get on to that or let me know if such thing already exists. Thanks) and the artist/photographer/creative person god knows where (or who) losing so much recognition. I can’t claim to be a photographer or an artist or anything along those lines but I can definitely relate to these creative individuals in that their work is built on layers and layers of hard work, precision, passion, creativity and also practice. To have this all floating around on the internet (especially considering that this generation is heavily reliant on the internet for inspiration and motivation) with no credit or recognition is just baffling, unfair and opens so many channels for plagiarism and copyright issues. I honestly enjoy the art of photography, the various mediums of art that exist and all things creative in nature not purely because of the aesthetic qualities that they possess but because the individuals themselves tell a different story. They deserve to be recognised for what they do, because to appreciate a photograph wholly you first must understand what the person behind the camera was feeling, what they were thinking at the time and why they were pointing their camera in that direction in the first place. Once we collectively begin to understand the importance of giving credit to people and their work, we will have an even better, deeper and clearer understanding of photographs, art works, etc. It is inevitable that not everything found on the internet can be or will be given its rightful credit and this is understandable, but basically what I’m hinting is that if you have a blog, host a tumblr page, or anything similar in nature, where ever it is possible always leave or add a name or link to the rightful owner of the work! So what this massive rant has to do with Tasya Van Ree, let me tell you! I have come across her photographs so many times over the last couple of months and haven’t been able to put a name to the work and a couple days ago I found a credited photograph of hers on commedesfuckdown which led me to her website and Facebook.
Tasya van Ree has always been intrigued by the everyday wonders of the visual world. The sense of expansive awareness that for van Ree is a prerequisite to photography enables her to capture the small everyday flashes of insight that come when we are open to them and often go before we can fully grasp or appreciate them. Her extraordinarily vivid images are also a testimony to her eye for form and composition. Her photographs are infused with romanticism, darkness, intimacy, and a certain lyrical quality. They also capture the essence of the people, the landscape, and the intricacies of both the animate and inanimate worlds, and are a sort of meditation in seeing the powerful testaments between the relationship of human presence and transitory nature.
I was really interested by her interview with Magnet Magazine (click here for link) where she revealed that she knew she wanted to be a photographer when she saw a beautiful woman and wanted to make that image last forever, I think that in itself is a beautiful motivation to want to continue exercising the art of photography. She avoids referring to herself as a self taught photographer and instead chooses to call it ‘instinct’ – her ability with the camera is innate. She says that it’s all about having a real connection with people and allowing life experiences to develop you into a better version of yourself, the more you continue to grow this way the more you understand your art and yourself for that matter. You just have to be present and know when it’s happening and be open to it. Finding your independence and your true meaning, and understanding that you yourself are a piece of work at the same time is the ultimate key. She could not have said it any better.