Today we’d like to introduce you to Tay Bond.
Hi Tay, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today.
I’ve always been curious (some people might call me a bit of a nerd, which is admittedly accurate and impossible to deny). What started as a child as devouring books, exploring the woods near my house, and discovering joy in learning about a range of different subjects, soon didn’t feel like enough.
I realized that living in only one place, and learning about only one culture, limited what I could understand about both the world and people around me, and also myself. Because of this desire, I prioritized exploration and immersion, living in new countries and new places, so I could push myself every day to experience new things.
The content I create focuses on engaging with the things I encounter, in hopes that others will be inspired to push beyond their comfort zones and dive deeper into the world surrounding them.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Most days are a struggle. But I’m of the belief that struggle, or discomfort, is a reward. Or, at the very least, a sign that life isn’t staying static. Feeling overwhelmed by being in new places, learning new languages, and experiencing new cultures is just a by-product of stepping out of your comfort zone and personal growth.
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I hope to create engaging work that conveys my personal experiences while also revealing unique, intrinsic beauty about the locations I visit. Whether that’s through written narratives, landscape photography, or videography.
Undeniably, I’m an outsider in all of the places that I hope to capture through my creations, so I can never claim an inherent understanding of a place. However, I hope that my fringe perspective can genuinely express the parts that capture my intrigue and display them to a receptive audience.
We’d love to hear about any fond memories you have from when you were growing up.
Living on the beach with my extended family in the summer. Surrounded by interconnected generations of love. Spending every day in the sun with no agenda other than exploration. Kayaking, picking blueberries, looking for sea glass, lighting off fireworks.
It’s not so much one single memory that it is a feeling of true childhood innocence. Nearly the whole season was spent living in my great-grandmother’s dilapidated home that hadn’t been updated since the early 1900s.
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