Tanja throws it down on her instagram account @wanderingtanja with a unique voice that is unmistakably hers. In a world where everyone has a camera Tanja stands out. She started in analog photography and her early roots are visible in the way she plays with digital. She dances with light and shadow, every image a reminder to look for the light. Tanja joined us for a quick chat about what inspires her photography, her favourite artists and more. She is a lesson in finding your own creative voice and raising it for the world to hear.
Tanja’s Photography Journey
Tell us about the path that lead to photography?
As a kid I got my first analog camera and learned from my Dad who is an amature photographer. I still have a love for analog photography, there are no do-overs. It is what it is. When I started my instagram account and posted some snaps I was hooked and discovered outdoor photography and fell in love. And here we are. I love to play with natural light and the rich tones of nature. It doesn’t matter to me weather it is portraits, macro or landscape.
I like to inspire people to go out and enjoy nature, to stop an look around and to make choice to preserve this wonderful world.Tanja on photography: I see the beauty in the little things ... And I’ll tell you what, that is the key to a happy life.Click To Tweet
What is your favourite piece of your own work?
I’ve made a portrait of @lisannejagerphotography the first time we’ve met. Some shade from the tree fell on her face. It has a real retro vibe and the girl is stunning! I’ve reposted it on April 1st.
Inspiration & Goals
Where do you get your inspiration from?
From other photographers, movies and from series. For example I am obsessed with Riverdale because of their use of light and dark in the series. The scenery, costumes, the angles etc. I love the Wes Anderson style as well.
- @charlottelittlewolf: She is really good at adventures & landscapes. I love the colours she uses.
- @sarahw.st: Her feed is just perfect. She is creative and refreshing.
- @full.of.elsewhere: Magical editing.
- @quietlifeofroy: Laid back, easy living photography.
- @Neiltapman: His pictures make you wanna discover the north.
Moody, intense, ordinary and magical are my keywords. I try and make pictures that show all the ordinary things in a new light. To play with light and dark.
Top 3 photography bucket list shots?
I would like to do a fantasy or post apocalyptic shoot some time. I don’t have a bucket list though. Most pictures are already taken at those places, I like to be creative in my own backyard. Iceland is on my regular bucket list.
A good pair of shoes!
And … the burning question everyone wants to know – what do you shoot with and how do you edit your photos?
Haha! I photograph with a Sony Alpha a100, it is an old DSLR. BUT I a lot of my pictures are also taken with my phone, Samsung S7, ‘cos the best camera is the one you have with you. Oh, and I edit with Lightroom mostly.
Most Memorable Photography Moment
Most memorable photography moment?
It is a travel moment but I made some amazing pictures that night. I was on a roadtrip in Sweden and after a long drive we couldn’t find any place to make camp for the night. We saw a sight that must have meant ‘beach’ and started following it. We ended up on a lake, made camp at the beach and we got the most magical sunset. It also reminds me when I feel blue that something good is waiting out there for me.