Tara Lynn Schendel
A Turlock native, Tara comes from a family fascinated by cameras and images. She first started following her sister around Yosemite Valley as a toddler begging to hold the camera and to press the shutter just once like a grow-up. She learned the basics of composition and color from those trips. One of the last generations to start with film, she moved from little 110 instamatics to 35mm point and shoots to a 4x5 box camera. She is now firmly settled into the digital world.
No light chasing at odd hours. She takes ‘em where she finds ‘em. She practices what she calls “Kinetic Photography” lots of pictures snapped out the passenger-side window of the moving car as her husband drives. Even her friends have learned to remain patient as she trails behind snapping up the world around her. She is a landscape photographer who strives to get the best images possible without over-manipulation. “Walking with my camera in hand is a meditation for me. Nothing else matters once I have that camera. I get lost, engaged with the landscape around me, trying to show others what I have seen and experienced. I love the sound of the shutter, and the wonder of what it has captured still thrills me. It’s like magic all the information is there, just waiting to be arranged into something wonderful and elegant.”
Tara is a graduate of CSU Stanislaus and the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, Monterey. She completed formal study in darkroom photography at the Monterey Peninsula Junior College where she trained with fine art photographer, Patrick Jablonski in the tradition of the West Coast School, pioneered by Ansel Adams. She splits her time between her home in Turlock and her full-time job in Monterey.