taraviolet Just watched "Sin Nombre" Cary Fukunaga's first film and it was incredibly moving. It ties together two stories-one a family in Honduras and another of a gang member in Honduras questioning his gang. My summary is inarticulate but the film is amazing and Adriano Goldman's cinematography is visual poetry. After seeing this true detective and Jane eyre I am now a big Fukunaga fan. 14h
  •   aldendalia @taraviolet yes! If you get a chance, also check out Jane Eyre and of course True Detective!! 13h
  •   taraviolet @aldendalia I have seen and love both! That is why I wanted to see this 13h
  •   aldendalia @taraviolet yes!! Oh my god now I feel like that annoying film snob! Have you seen Fish Tank? I think you'd dig it! 13h
  •   msmalcriada I love this movie so much. 12h
  •   thecinemadoll I read a really good interview with him in the DGA magazine, he threw himself into that film and did so much research he was almost arrested or something! I still need to see it but I am big fan of his version of Jane Eyre it served as inspo for my senior project in college. 12h
  •   taraviolet @aldendalia you aren't a film snob! You are a film lover-like me. And yes fish tank is one of my favorite films! 6h
  •   djenorisunchained Ah man I watched this senior year of high school with the Latin American club and it really left me so speechless. It really is a beautiful work that masterfully humanizes the immigrant experience on the road to America. It was really heartbreaking. 5h
  •   aldendalia @taraviolet it's so amazing right?! Have you seen this beautiful film called Chungking Express? 4h

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taraviolet I love you girls! Thank you for being muses for me. You are utterly amazing and I am lucky to know you. @weeping_willy @_clemmm_ 21h

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taraviolet Jackie took this of me tonight at the opening of my thesis show Her Own Private World. I feel so happy and really appreciate all the support you have all given me for this project. Thank you all for coming! @jacqharriet ps you are a great photographer 2d
  •   civilizedanimal Congratulations! 2d
  •   misstorilynne_ You go girl! Wish I could come and see it!! 2d
  •   seafaeries You look soo cute Tara!! Congratulations on your show :) I wish I could go to it 24h
  •   joynewell Congratulations Tara! I know you've poured your heart and soul into this body of work and it I's NOT an easy process by any means. You should feel so proud of yourself and thank you for continuing to put good work into this world ( we need it!) Wish I could have been there to see these beautiful prints in person and give you a hug! Can't wait to see what's in store for you as you continue 23h
  •   taraviolet I feel like crying you are all so sweet!!!! I will answer you all individually when I am more well slept aka more sane. Sending you all tons of love. 21h
  •   promisenewell Gorgeous!! And congrats!!! 20h
  •   ohne__namen Sorry that I could not make it out! I hope your opening went well! 17h
  •   syriem Was so lovely to be there and see your beautiful prints. Xx 15h

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taraviolet Sorry the light is subpar but I am terribly proud of my friend @miriasabina for her brilliant senior thesis show The White Manor. I was honored to share the gallery with her! 2d

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taraviolet As people seem to get lost finding the Photo building here are directions to my (and Miria's) shows tonight! Cannot wait to see you folks there. 2d

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taraviolet Jenny, @what_my_daughter_wore brilliant illustrator whose daughter was one of the first subjects in my project, drew this image of me! I love her and her family-they are so so kind and lovely. Thanks to her I have befriended amazing young girls and their families and I am so glad. Everyone buy her book what my daughter wore! I @oliviab33 and many others are in it! 3d

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taraviolet last night I ducked into @thedeependclub and @tennesseebunny let me make a flower wreath. I am so happy to have it because as the weather is horrible, I can wear it and pretend spring has come. A fresh flower wreath makes me think of Cassandra in the book and film "I capture the castle" when she performs her pagan rites. 4d
  •   illyjanky Thanks for creating a new flower wreath-making technique @taraviolet it looks beautiful! 4d
  •   heatherjbunch Funny! I made a dried flower crown last night 4d
  •   timtreadwell 'i capture the castle' is always and forever my favorite book 4d
  •   taraviolet @timtreadwell oh my gosh! A fellow lover of I capture the castle! That book is so dear to me. It is probably my favorite book too. 4d
  •   taraviolet @heatherjbunch you and @syriem should wear flower crowns to my opening!!! 4d
  •   taraviolet @illyjanky how sweet of you to say! Thank you 4d
  •   syriem @taraviolet OH MY GOD!! That's so bizarre last night heather made a flower wreath!!! 4d
  •   taraviolet @syriem great minds think alike! I kid. But seriously I told @miriasabina I wanted to wear one to our opening and she said she ha planned to too. So much love for flower wreaths! 4d

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taraviolet soaking up sun to wake myself up 5d

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taraviolet #tbt the first time I modeled for a Lookbook (a paper one anyhow as the one I was in for @thelovedone_ was the very first). @samanthapleet asked me to model for her Arcadia collection alongside @emilyrosetheo that summer (2013) was the first time I started modeling professionally. I had shot myself for years and been my friends' subject but I thought I would try my hand at doing it professionally. Samantha is the best and I feel lucky and happy that we have worked together a couple of times now and that I have her as a friend. She is a brilliant brilliant artist. 6d

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taraviolet my childhood unicorn (one of the few stuffed animals I was attached to. I was more of a dress up kind of girl). 6d
  •   thistlemag Hello! This picture is enchanting. Would you be willing to allow Thistle Magazine to regram this image at some point? (Giving full credit to you as the artist, naturally ) 6d
  •   taraviolet @thistlemag aw thanks! Should I email the original file? 6d
  •   taraviolet And sure yes you can post it! @thistlemag 6d
  •   iiindiiia This is magic beauty 2d
  •   taraviolet @iiindiiia aw thank you love. This photo is what my childhood fantasies looked like. 2d

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taraviolet remember to mark your calendars! Monday is the opening night of my BFA photographic thesis exhibit at Pratt institute! It is open till march 6 sorry made a typo 7d

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taraviolet got out of my campus for the first time in a long time to pick up Plexiglass in Chinatown. Befriended a jewelry seller who wants to own a resort and also wants to make movies and he planned to show me a show in a neighboring art gallery but it was closed. New York is so fantastic sometimes. 7d

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taraviolet My show is coming up so I thought I would share this gem. This is me and my friends when I was maybe 4 or 5 and living in morningside heights (look at my expression! I look displeased or confused) 1w
  •   taraviolet This was the age where I only wore dresses and Mary Janes, was obsessed with fairies and unicorns and liked to pretend I was a queen and or sailor moon. 1w

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taraviolet @hokaytokay took this of me two summers ago in my neighborhood when she was visiting LA. Preparing my show is a stressful venture so I am trying to think positively and this photo is reminding me of good times and of warmth.
When I had long hair I looked like a totally different person.
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  •   littleniaiserie You're so beautiful. You're like magic! 1w
  •   rubi_jones that hair! 1w
  •   hokaytokay thinking about this day so fondly, had such a beautiful time with you! happy to have known you this long & counting 1w
  •   rileysuhonik Will you be in LA march 28th? @theadhoc will be going on! 1w
  •   taraviolet @rileysuhonik I won't be! I will be studying and living in Brooklyn till may! 1w
  •   taraviolet @hokaytokay Recently I across the photos I had taken of you and it made me think of that lovely day! I too am so glad to have known you this long. You are such a wonderful person-so talented and radiant. I hope we can get together in the not distant future! 1w
  •   iiindiiia I remember this tara 2d

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taraviolet Things are feeling really beautiful right now. Ever since I made the solid decision that I want to be a cinematographer I suddenly feel powerful-like I can take on the world (not in an egotistical sense)! I feel confident about my work and proud of myself for my accomplishments. I took this self portrait when I was 16 and I am amazed by how far I have come in the past five years-both as a person and as an artist.
I just feel life right at my fingertips and it is so wonderful.
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taraviolet I just wanted to say-thank you to all of you who read my words and follow my work. Your warmth, supportive words, and thoughts mean so much to me. I feel this community on instagram (and other social media) can be quite beautiful-I have seen your art, some of your sweet and honest 'selfies', and snapshots and you are lovely. Sending you all lots of love and a hug from my cell phone to yours. 2w

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taraviolet Tried something I hardly ever do- a New York street photo 2w
  •   taraviolet Not sure if it is good or bland 2w
  •   boodeenya Good cuz people shadows subtle. 2w

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taraviolet from last year when I directed a music video for "Worth the Wait" by The Life of Riley (Riley Smith's band-you may remember him for True Blood, Freaks and Geeks etc). The video was shot by the talented @garrettshannon and was made for the release of my father Ramin Niami's film Shirin in Love, within which the song was featured. I would love to work on a music video again! Perhaps next time as the cinematographer 2w

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