Collage - Journal 1932...

Collage - Journal 1932...

Monday, July 26, 2010

"The Hunters and The Hunted "...(Part II)

(Photo by Tavarua)

LBV: So, do you equate memories with photographs, being a photographer, or are they two separate although at times overlapping, categories. What then does it mean to manipulate the images as you do?

Tavarua: No - I do not necessarily equate memories with photographs but surely there is an overlap. The meaning of the manipulation of the ordinary photo is the creation and reflection of my mind in the composition of something more...interesting... in my way of looking at it...a reflection... to create new life to the interpretation of the experience....using simple elements their relation to each other...

Each moment has a meaning and purpose of significant value in life which can expand into your own true way of life philosophy....and to meet life's challenges with unconventional contradictory strategies...

"It is also about collecting -  a canvas bag full of conch shells from a beach in the Caribbean, coral, crab claws, dried pods, bones, porcupine quills, tusks from hogs and hippos from old Africa, stag horns from the Alps, fabrics, old crocodile cases, hunting bottles and of course photos, scraps, a feather, leaves and whatever finds its way into my leather bound journals.....and in the end the camera freezes the moment of the "creation" and sends the message - a reflection - to further ideas and inspirational how to absorb my travels........"


  1. COOL! Thanks for the thoughtful response. I love how your form of art is so active in its meaning-making processes. Finding things, giving them value in the context of other things, making the art reflect your individual experience. Thank you so much for letting us see a bit into your creative process.

    Just a practical question? what do you do with objects that won't fit in your leather-bound journals?

  2. :) :) :)

    Well, :) They are laying around in a "travelers nest" and "whatever finds its way into my leather bound journals" is literally speaking in the composition of the journal pictures.