Tammy Winand is a self-taught photographer whose preferred media are travel landscapes, architectural, and fine art, both color and black and white.
Featured work includes India, Nepal, Tibet in exile, plus western and southwestern US national parks, the UK, and a variety of altered imagery.
Born and raised in south central Pennsylvania, Tammy developed a passion for photography by her early teens, going through many rolls of 110 and 135 (35mm) film on family vacations and events, and later on her first travels abroad.
By 2004 Tammy had switched to digital photography, which she continues to use.
Her equipment is a Nikon Coolpix P530. She uses ACDSee 10.0, Photoshop, GIMP and PaintShop ProX 4 photo-editing to crop, adjust exposure, sharpen, sometimes change color depth & occasionally (rarely) digitally paint.
"My work focuses on connections. Connections between the past & present, between different cultures, between man and nature, even between colors & forms.
I am strongly influenced by the architecture & arts of ancient civilizations, sacred spaces, native traditions of unique world cultures, & by the power of nature to reclaim what man has built.
My goal is to inspire others to be curious about the world around them, & how everything is interconnected."
My photography goal in general is to capture a moment in time, a slice of life many would otherwise never see...to chronicle the journey of my own life as it intersects with other lives and the world at large, to capture memories of amazing people and places I never expected to encounter, which many may never encounter.
Landscape photography captures the beauty of natural places where man has not yet left his mark. The existence of such scenes offers hope that we might not ultimately destroy our world.
Architecture is man's way of saying "I am here." From humanity's earliest history, our dwellings, places of worship, and public spaces have made statements about our habits and hopes. Capturing them, or what remains of them, is one way I express my connection with the rest of humanity. Architectural images also show the seemingly mundane from new perspectives. I enjoy making art from the everyday.
I've been fortunate to travel in what to many seem like distant and exotic places, from where street photography and street/travel portraiture can share these diverse cultures and traditions in a direct and vivid fashion.
Photojournalism is the aspect of my work which covers social issues and activism from the Tibetan exile communities of India and Nepal. It tells the personal stories of what people are doing in the face of seemingly impossible odds.
I call all of it travel photography, as I never seem to settle in any place for longer than a few months at a time and view life as a journey.
I am glad you've joined me for this space in time.