Saturday, April 30, 2011

Erica Hodgkinson, Boston, Massachusetts

title: Erica Hodgkinson, Boston, Massachusetts
date: 2011
relationship: friends, met through Emma Hollander
years known: 0-5

Friday, April 29, 2011

Ed Doyle & Mary Bouxsein, Somerville, Massachusetts


title: Ed Doyle & Mary Bouxsein, Somerville, Massachusetts
date: 2011
relationship: friends, met through Emma Hollander
years known: 0-5

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Peter Fallon & Sarah Devlin, Phippsburg, Maine

title: Peter Fallon & Sarah Devlin, Phippsburg, Maine
date: 2010
relationship: friends, art, met through Chicky Stoltz
years known: 15-20

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Adventures in LA, day 2, 4/22- Hollywood to Ojai

First thing in the morning off to shoot Cousin Dave who is an old friend, Nat's cousin. I met him when I was 16 and ironically we both ended up at Hampshire together.  He is now a psychoanalyst and it was my first time meeting his wife, Wendy and daughter Imogen.  His parents (who I met at least 20 years ago) also happened to be in LA so it was a family portrait.



Then off to Ojai to have a little r&r with Henry and Moira who moved last February from Maine.  I have missed them and their adorable son Jack dearly, so it was nice to be able to include a visit with them in this trip.  We were also able to pick up Henry's brother James and his friend Alexa who flew in from NYC to road trip with us.
They have a very sweet place with an orange tree in the backyard (!) where Jack is able to run around.




And we made lots of delicious pizzas for dinner.



Dan Koch, Liz, Cy & Zoe Vittori-Koch, Jamaica Plain, MA

title: Dan Koch, Liz, Cy & Zoe Vittori-Koch, Jamaica Plain, MA
date: 2011
relationship: friends, art, met at Hampshire College
years known: Dan, 20-25: Liz, 15-20

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Nat May, South Portland, Maine


title: Nat May, South Portland, Maine
date: 2010
relationship: friends, art, business (art), met through art world Portland
years known: 10-15

Adventures in LA, day 1, 4/21-Maine to Boston to the Hollywood hills

I usually fly out of Portland, but when I saw Virgin had a direct Boston to LAX flight for $150, I decided to break my normal rule and take the bus at 3:15 am to Logan.  It was totally worth it, those Virgin planes are new and nice and comfy.



Since none of my dear LA friends were able to get me at the airport, I chose to master public transportation, and took the bus to the Metro and then walked a little over a mile to Colin's house with a burger and pints pit stop at Stout along the way.  Public transport in LA is not as bad as everyone claims.  Swear.


Then a walk up the hill and a little down time in the back yard before Colin got home from work.
Then time to take Simon the dog for a walk up the big hill.





Then a little wine picnic and maybe an accidental tumble or two down the hillside, self portrait with a random guy who always sits in his garage day and night, and a house that is a replica of Tara from Gone with the Wind with a striped cover on it (unfortunately).






Then off to meet Siri for dinner at Cliff's edge when my camera battery died ....

Monday, April 25, 2011

Meghan Brady, Camden, Maine

title: Meghan Brady, Camden, Maine
date: 2010
relationship: friends, art, met through Gideon Bok
years known: 10-15

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Matt, Beth, Will & Jim Kempner, Scotch Plains, New Jersey

title: Matt, Beth, Will & Jim Kempner, Scotch Plains, New Jersey
date: 2010
relationship: friends, art, business (art), met through Greg Parker
years known: 5-10

Saturday, April 23, 2011

pay-what-you-can sale story: Lynn

Hi Tanja,

My husband Lee and I go to the photo-a-go-go every year hoping to be the highest bidder on one of your prints.  Needless to say we are always outbid.  Your generous offer has emboldened me to make you an offer… My husband works during the week by New York City and he would love to have a bit of Maine to look at to remind him of the outings with our six year old daughter, Rowan, during the summer months and his work as a geophysicist on the bogs in Maine.  This triptych would be great in our tiny shotgun condo in Jersey City, a mere 10 min. PATH train ride to Midtown Manhattan.  BY the way, you are more than welcome to stay in the condo for a weekend if you need to travel to New York City for your Facebook project.  If you accept my offer I can pay via paypal or by check, which ever works for you.

Best regards,
Lynn

Friday, April 22, 2011

Juli & Kanishka Raja, New York City, New York


title:Juli & Kanishka Raja, New York City, New York
date: 2010
relationship: friends, art, met at Hampshire College
years known: Kanishka, 20-25: Juli, 10-15

Thursday, April 21, 2011

pay-what-you-can sale story: Max

OMG Tanja this is like my dream!

I told you this story at the time but it’s good. As we got old, my wife’s and my grad. school friends all moved away from California and we were sad. Finally, our favorite friend ever got a job in Maine and left. We went to visit her and saw the first show she curated and you were in it! I was so excited, I hadn’t talked to you in years. I still have the catalog around here somewhere. I guess that’s not that great a story, but it was cool at the time. Anyway, Sharon’s on your email list, right?

94706 ( La Napoule, France)
Untitled 30713 (Varkala, Kerala, India)
Untitled 58304 (North Haven, Maine)
Untitled 45012 (Cape Elizabeth, Maine)
Also, I have 3 year old twins (which is why I have no money), you can photograph them when you come to Cali. Or me, but they’re much more interesting!

I’m kind of distracted/paralyzed by the Japanese earthquake thing. It’s crazy how kids make you worry about everything.* Also, possibly, living on the west coast right on top of the the worst possible fault doesn’t help.

So my brain is a little fried and I don’t have a really good story, but the thing the boys have started doing this week is pretending they are frogs, which consists of getting on all fours in the bathtub and licking each other. It’s pretty hilarious/mischievous.
PS I have very vague memories of visiting you in the mission when we first moved out here 16 (!) or something years ago but it doesn’t constitute a story unless I can reconstitute some brain cells. All I can say is that the mission has gentrified considerably!

*If you visit us in person I’ll tell you the story of how one of my sons needed brain surgery when he was 9 months old, and how it changed/broke me, but it’s too much to type. Also we have a place for you to sleep and beer and coffee and whatever else you need….
Max

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Katie Fitch, Joe, Delila & Winona Wardwell, Jamaica Plain, MA

title:Katie Fitch, Joe, Delila & Winona Wardwell, Jamaica Plain, MA
date: 2010
relationship: friends, art, met through Gideon Bok
years known: 10-15

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Ode to Jake

I can't believe it has taken me this long to thank my trusty and loyal intern/assistant, Jake.  Lucky for me he decided to take the semester off from school.  He is the mastermind behind the blog, has spent hours tirelessly scanning and spotting images, updating the website, sending e-mails and generally doing whatever I ask without complaint.  Like tonight, when I was scrambling at the last minute to get everything scanned before I leave for LA tomorrow night, he volunteered to come in and help save the day.  Thank you thank you thank you.

pay-what-you-can sale story: Shannon

A true story for Tanja about Untitled 94706 ( La Napoule, France)
As a child, she emerged from the water. Fully grown, seaweed in her strawberry hair. For many years she remembered she could breathe underwater—and she did so nightly, in her dreams.

Over time, the dream memory faded. She stopped swimming. She showered rather than taking a bath. It all saved time.

After an accumulation of time…  After. After. A lifetime later, and good friend died.  She found herself in the Caribbean, swimming with the sparkling fish—and she began to remember her fluid nature.

Imagine her surprise. One day she saw it in a photograph—stunning. Right there, in the front left quadrant of the image. Her portal.
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It is worth so much more than I can offer—but I am super broke after the divorce stuff this year! (It was hard to choose my fave! Also love the green tones of the water in Israel—the Mediterranean?)
xoxoxox
-Shannon

Monday, April 18, 2011

Gideon Bok & Tarmys, Rockland, Maine

title: Gideon Bok & Tarmys, Rockland, Maine
date: 2010
relationship: friends, art, met through Lynn McArdle
years known: 20-25

Sunday, April 17, 2011

pay-what-you-can sale story: Kellen

3.13.11
Dear Tanja, 

I love you. I love your work. You are my artistic mentor. To see what you see how you see it will be one of the most beautiful mysteries of my life. I will take any print in any size and cherish it always! I may not be there to bribe you with drinks but I'm hoping I can bribe you with LOVE!

PEACE OUT GIRLFRIEND!
 ♥ Kellen.

P.S. see you soon I hope!
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(DISCLAIMER → This is a stream of consciousness letter)

MY STORY
OR... WHY I'M BROKE AS SHIT.

On October 26th 2010 I packed my car and drove to Athens, GA. I'm impulsive and it worked out for me at the time. This town welcomed me with open arms, greeted me with a beer, and invited me to stay. So I did. However moving is expensive. And so is drinking. And I just signed a lease. I'm trying to be a grown up.  But I'm Really Really happy here. I miss Maine but Seriously, FUCK WINTER. One day when I'm rich and famous I'll buy all you work.

XO

-Kellen

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Emily Sunderman, Michael & Carter Lee, West Cornwall, Vermont

title: Emily Sunderman, Michael & Carter Lee, West Cornwall, Vermont
date: 2010
relationship: friends, art, met at Hampshire College
years known: 20-25

Friday, April 15, 2011

pay-what-you-can sale story: Karine

hi Tanja,

Here is why I would like to buy a print from you and why I can’t afford to pay full price:

1) They are beautiful and entrancing.  I have admired your work for some time and always kick myself for not buying one years ago.

2) I want to stop kicking myself.

3) We are currently experiencing cash flow problems, and art can help us forget about them.

4) Alan’s birthday is coming up.  He will be 58 and isn’t too thrilled about it.  I think one of your photographs would cheer him immensely.

5)  I like your family.

The prints I like are Untitled 91910 (Phippsburg, Me.) and Untitled 311310 (Portland, Me.)

Either would be great.  Surprise us!

As far as size goes, well, I love the big prints.  20 x 20 would be lovely, but please let me know what you think.

Thank you for your generosity.

Karine

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Emily Rothschild & Jon Retseck, Small Point, Maine

title: Emily Rothschild & Jon Retseck, Small Point, Maine
date: 2010
relationship: friends, art, met through Moira Greenspun Tarmy
years known: 0-5
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