Issue Eleven

Tara McDermott

Seattle, WA

Tara McDermott is a photographic artist in Seattle, WA. Originally from Long Island, NY, she has traded one coast for another, but her love for the natural world has remained. She discovered photography as an adult and returned to school at age 29, getting a BFA in photography from the University of Washington. She loves exploring the outside world, both cultivated and wild, with her trusty vintage film Hasselblad camera by her side.

She is a member of the Columbia City Gallery and has exhibited in solo and group exhibits throughout the NW including Vashon Island’s Koch Gallery, Moses Lake Art Museum, and Harris Harvey Gallery in Seattle, WA. Her public art can be seen on several King County Metro Bus Shelters and is included in the public collections of Swedish Hospital and Group Health. Her studio is located in the historic Inscape Arts Building in SODO.

Tara describes her work not as an attempt to recreate the experience of being in that place, wherever it may be. It’s not about a particular location, but more how it makes her feel. There’s a sense of wonder and magic, the unknown of what is over the next horizon. A sense of endless possibility not constrained by the everyday. The photographs she takes are less landscapes than emotional portraits of the land. //