The Mornington Peninsula boasts some spectacular scenery and capturing that, in all of its glory, is local photographer – Tash Carah.
I met Tash in 2016 while facilitating a polymer clay jewellery workshop at her friend’s home, where conversation turned to creativity. Tash had an obvious passion for photography and we discussed how to take a creative business to the next level. While I’m still searching for the answer to this dilemma, Tash has managed to go from strength to strength. Showcasing her photographic work far + wide and now sending her work all over Australia. With stockists nationally and new website, the rest of Australia are now discovering this gem of an artist the Mornington Peninsula has been keeping to itself.
I interviewed the poised and humble Tash about her path on a creative career, her recent achievements and her long list of favourite MP creatives.
LC : Are you a Mornington Peninsula native? If not, how did you come to be here?
TC : I grew up on the Mornington Peninsula, then moved away for study, work & travel. I decided to return when we were looking for a home for our young family.
LC : How did your journey as a creative begin?
TC : I have had a camera in my hand from a very young age, and first studied photography at school.
LC : Which creative field are you in and what medium do you use?
TC : I am a photographer and use both film & digital formats. I specialise in large scale, fine art prints using heavy weight, archival cotton rag papers.
LC : Where do you find inspiration for your work?
TC : I love to photograph the coast and the ocean, so I am spoilt for choice on the Mornington Peninsula. I also visit the surfcoast regularly and love the beaches at Anglesea and Point Roadknight. Whenever there is an opportunity to travel further afield I will have my camera with me.
LC : What are the biggest challenges you face as a creative person?
TC : Firstly I would say it is having the confidence to show my work and believing that other people will admire or appreciate it. Also understanding and learning the many skills that are required today in order to run a successful small business, and prioritising decisions. Finally, it is having so many ideas in my head and not enough time to act on them!
LC : What role do you think the Arts play in our community?
TC : I think the arts play a very important role. Art is something that can bring people together, engage people in discussion, inspire people, and provide an escape from busy, structured lives.
LC : Do you have any advice for kids wanting to pursue a creative career?
TC : Believe in yourself. If you love what you do, there is a good chance that others will too.
LC : Who are your favourite Mornington Peninsula creatives?
TC : This is a really hard question as there are so many to choose from. A few of my favourites are Liza Zeni, for her overall talent, but especially her illustrations and skills in the kitchen, Lauren and the team at Poppy Culture for their stunning floral designs, Emma Morgan for her incredible illustrative work, Sarah Dingwall for her beautiful glass cocoons, and Emma Cleine for her mandala & print work.
I could go on..
LC : Tell us your favourite place to eat or grab a coffee on the Mornington Peninsula.
TC : I love my coffee and my go to places are The Village Pantry in Mt Eliza and Commonfolk in Mornington. To eat it would have to be Dashi in Mt Eliza, Ting Tong Kanteen in Balnarring and Pt Leo Estate for something special.
LC : A Sunday on the peninsula is best spent…(where/doing what?)
TC : At Mills beach in summer doing nippers with my family, or visiting a local art show or market during the cooler months.
LC : What’s next for Tash Carah Photographer?
TC : There are lots of great things planned for 2018, including collaborations with The Commonfolk Collective and The Designory in Sydney. I am also very excited to be exhibiting at Life Instyle Melbourne in August for the first time.
LC : Finally, where can we find you and your work?
TC : You can visit my studio at The Nook Gallery in Mornington by appointment, or view prints online at www.tashcarah.com. I also have a number of lovely stockists on the peninsula.