Matt Payne Photography Blog: Finding Your Own Path In Landscape Photography As A Hobbyist - A Conversation With Tara Workman - November 18, 2020

Welcome to episode 187 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast.

This week on the podcast, I was joined by a hobbyist photographer known as My Bajan Eye on Instagram - Tara Workman.

Despite her self-proclamation as being a hobbyist, Tara's photography is some of the best you'll find these days. It feels personal, unique, and has some really great qualities. Tara is a physician living in Portland, Oregon and she uses photography as a mental health break. She's also African American.

Tara and I discuss some interesting topics this week, including:

  • Her start as a landscape photographer in the age of social media,
  • Photography as a hobby and the benefits to that approach,
  • Making time for photography as a person with a full-time job,
  • Finding your own path as a photographer and the powerful influence of social media,
  • Her transition to abstracts and smaller scenes,
  • Learning how to not care about likes on Instagram,
  • Being inspired by other photographers without copying them,
  • And, her experience as a black woman in landscape photography.

Over on Patreon this week, join over 140 of your peers in supporting the podcast financially and listen to Tara and I talk about how photography taught her how to see beauty in the natural world.

I hope you enjoy our conversations.


Here are the photographers that Jerry recommended on the podcast:

1. Ricardo Da Cunha.

2. Bruce Percy.

3. Carolyn Cheng.

4. Serena Dzenis.

5. René Algesheimer.

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Please find a transcript of this week's episode below: