Who is Tarin?
Hey humans! My name is Tarin. I am a daydreamer, storyteller, and artist. I am a chaser of light, adventure, and the little things in life. I am a collector of all things quirky, antique, and vintage.
I have been a freelance photographer since 2012, and I am currently attending Columbia College in Chicago, Illinois where I am studying photography. Recently, I have fell in love with documentary photography; particularly taking portraits of humans.
I will be traveling to Thailand for the duration of two weeks during my college's J-term. There, I will be taking two courses (for six college credits). I am going to be taking a photojournalism class and a creative writing class. I plan to post on this blog everyday with photographs that I take, and commentary of my daily experiences. I leave for Thailand on December 27, 2017 and will return back to Chicago, IL on January 16, 2018. STAY TUNED!
Where Will I Be Staying?
On the tropical island of Koh Samui, I will be sleeping close to the ocean in a cozy bungalow or apartment.
I will be staying in a modern hostel in Bangkok for three days after my stay on Koh Samui.
Pre-Departure Excitements and Fears
This summer 2017, I had the great opportunity to do two internships in beautiful Maui, Hawaii for five weeks. This was my first time traveling solo. Everyone I met on the island was a stranger at first, and I was forced to put myself out there in a new and foreign place to me. Travel has broadened my mind, my sense of being - and I feel more whole and human because of this. During my time in Maui, I learned two completely new styles of photography, I met many amazing and compelling characters, I was engulfed in abundant green nature that fueled me, and I created a body of work that helped me rediscover my romance with photography.
I am hoping that traveling to Thailand will provide me with a nice glimpse of the culture and the people. I think that two weeks will be a great amount of time to dip my toes into the culture, and hopefully I will want to revisit Thailand afterward. I chose to study abroad in Thailand because of the courses that were offered, creative writing and photography. I realize that as a documentary photographer, I have the privilege to reveal the facets of daily existence - and with that, a significant duty to truthfully and fairly capture the world that surrounds me. I think that Thailand will be a great subject for my camera, with it’s vibrant colors, people and culture, and delicious food.
In January, tropical weather really appeals to me, as I am an outdoors and a warm-weather-loving person. I like the idea of being able to photograph two very different sides of Thailand: a big, busy, bustling city - and a luscious green, tropical landscape with a more quiet and calm lifestyle.
Studying in Thailand will reflect really well in my resume. The photography class credits will go toward my photography major, and add really unique and specific content to my photographic portfolio. I also get to practice and execute documentary photography methods that I have learned in my time at Columbia College.
Besides the very long plane ride, I am looking forward to getting out of the states. I hope to gain a new perspective of the world, and hopefully discovering new purpose in myself and in the world I am a part of.