January Artist of the Month: Tara Deatrick

Tara Deatrick at waterfall

Never undergoing formal training in photography, Tara Deatrick has nevertheless developed a strong intuitive eye. She most enjoys portraying abandoned locations and urban decay. Check out Tara’s photographs at Cornerstone throughout January

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Tell us briefly about your background & how you got started in your medium.

For me, photography began as an outlet after my Dad passed away. I would escape into the woods for the day with my 3MP point and shoot camera. It gave me time to think and center myself. I never really thought of it as much more until a few friends commented on my photos. It evolved from primarily landscapes into portraits, weddings and other engagements.


How does your medium inform your viewpoint? Or what do you like most about your medium?

The thing I love about photography is that it enables me to share my perspective on the world. Too often we get wrapped up in work, school, and obligations that we forget to appreciate how truly beautiful nature is. I hope that somehow, through my photos, someone realizes it as I do.


Who or what have been your artistic inspirations?

I have many. Merely being outside inspires me. I love nature and urban decay. As for artists, I’m a fan of Toni Frisell, Ansel Adams, Elliot Erwitt and Galen Rowell. It depends.


Do you have a favorite piece in your portfolio?

Not really. I have a few favorite images that evoke feelings. That’s what I love about photos, they transport you back in time.


What would be your advice for artists just starting out in your medium?

Don’t worry about the rules. Photograph what makes you happy.

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Tara Deatrick with camera

No studies in two-dimensional art or critiques following formal lectures: Tara’s introduction to the digital camera was impromptu, informal and in the spirit of impulse. 

A solitary student hailing from the school of ‘what looked right to me,’ Tara has developed a crisp, reflective and fundamental style. Abandoned locations, urban decay and archaic landscapes in particular beckon her intuitive eye for contrast, shape and patterning. Recently Tara has also explored a more fluid subject matter: humans. This new endeavor has shed light on Tara’s ability to define intimate emotion through minute time fragments and pixels. 

For now, photography remains a hobby while Tara pursues a formal education in nursing. Some say, “Do what you love, and you’ll never work a day of your life.” To that Tara responds that she chooses to let her love for her art always be love and never a day at work. 

View more of Tara’s work and follow her artful adventures at www.facebook.com/TheArtfulAperture