Medusa_Headpiece_6Welcome Bloggers! Thanks for having a look at my blog.

I’m Tania, I work in retail for ZSL London Zoo and although I am glad to be contributing to animal conservation around the world, my true passion is creativity. This can be in many forms and I like to discover new things through experience and experimentation. I studied art at Norwich School of Art and I have been lucky enough to travel the world. I took a lot of photographs although I didn’t have a good camera back then. Nowadays I use my phone a lot to capture things which inspire me. I do have a Nikon for when I have more time to focus on the project I’m doing.

I hope this will be an easy way of sharing with you my exploration of the visual world through my photographs and artwork. I have recently had a few commissions for Wedding cards which I really enjoyed doing and I have been printing canvas bags with my Angel drawings.

If you’d like to get in contact it’d be great to hear from you either here or email taniajessicasmith@gmail.com.



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    • Hi Marina, haha! You are quite right, loving dog hugs is something to be proud of and embraced (excuse the pun!) Thank you for your kind words, much appreciated and I’m glad you like visiting! I’m really enjoying blogging, it’s great to see so many creative talents getting their work out there!

  1. Hello Tania – I saw that you stopped-by my blog this morning…thank you for visiting…and for letting me know you were there.

    You have some beautiful photos here…a great start to an amazing blog. Good luck…and welcome. 🙂


    • Hi Scott,

      Thanks for your kind words, I really enjoy visiting your blog too…and you have inspired me to ask for a fish-eye lens for my birthday!! I’m glad you like my photographs and you are welcome back anytime 😉 Tan

      • You are most welcome, Tania…and I’m glad you enjoyed visiting with me, as well.

        It will be a pleasure watching your site develop in the months to come. I hope you get your birthday wishes…will be fun to watch you play with the new lens!

  2. Hi Tania,
    I find all your art work pretty amazing. It shows the talent and artistic eye in your every artwork post. No wonder you have that pretty amazing eye as the website header. Humbly, it means a lot to me that people with the talent like yours find my art work likable and wants following me. Thank you!

    • Thanks so much Yelena! What a lovely thing to say – you have really made my day 🙂 I’m glad you think so highly of my work, it is very encouraging and supportive of you to say so….it’s always more difficult to praise yourself than it is others. Your work is VERY likable, beautiful in fact. This blogging thing is a great way to discover all sorts of talent and inspiration out there. I feel excited again for the first time in ages!!! Thanks again

  3. Nice meeting you here Tania… Welcome to the Blog-sphere… You are very creative. Your art is very unique… I love it already. Thanks for your visit in my hp… see you around dear. Have fun and enjoy 🙂

    • Thanks Dolly, very kind of you and yes – nice to meet you too 🙂 This is an exciting new world I’ve entered and I’m hooked! Thanks for dropping by lovely, keep spreading the love and I’ll be seeing you soon….

    • You are very welcome Madhu – as you can see I am replying to my comments in a backwards fashion – never one to conform! (It’s not that I am very disorganised…ehem…of course not 😉 ) I absolutely love your blog too!! Hope you are having a wonderful Wednesday 🙂

    • Thanks Dug, as you will see I’ve kind of written an essay on your blog because I felt so inspired and I think you’re pretty awesome!

      EVERYONE SHOULD CHECK OUT THE OASIS PROJEKT BLOG – http://tr4f.wordpress.com/about-2/ – Amazing adventure for a brilliant cause, a great thing to follow and support. I recommend it 100%

      As for me, I love nothing more than the feel of sand between my toes too 🙂 I’m genuinely happy to hear that you enjoy my art. Good luck with the prep and of course the actual ride – keep us posted!!


    • Hi Hormazd, your work is fascinating also, look forward to exploring it more! Thank you for stopping by and for the compliment…hope you are having a lovely Friday afternoon 🙂 Tan

  4. Hi dear Tania, first of all, Thank you for visiting my blog, that I have met with you. I am so glad to meet with you. I can see, your eye of photography is amazing and you took me a wonderful voyage through your photographs… Your creativity is great, I can see amazing compositions in your photographs. Fascinated me. Thank you for sharing with us, with my love, nia

    • Nia, thank you for your sweet comments! I very much enjoy your blog too. It is a pleasure to share my photographs with others and I feel grateful that you took the time to have a browse and see what you thought off them. I hope you are having a fabulous Friday, thanks again 🙂

      • You are welcome dear Tania. You are so nice, I wish you to have a nice Friday and weekend, Thank you so much, with my love, nia

  5. Thanks Tania for passing by my blog. And thanks for sharing your photos. Love the sunset at the delta and I look forward to your future blogs! Cheers from Holland ….Joel

    • Yes! The NHM is an amazing building, great museum and an organisation responsible for some incredible research around the globe. And yes! I took that header shot. I bought these really cheap face-paints that had this horrible shiny effect on the skin but once I’d finished painting my face and started taking shots I actually liked this sweaty, raw look in a way. I had to take a lot of pics to get the focus and compositions right but that’s the beauty of digital photography. I love how some of them turned out, glad you like it too! Thanks 🙂 Tan

      • I was just thinking that a lot of people will only maybe visit the NMH once in their lives, and it’s a great experience, but you get to go in there every day!

        I can imagine you would take a lot of shots to get that amazing one in your header picture. It’s not easy taking photos of yourself, quite apart from anything else. I used to have face paints like that as a child and loved drawing all over myself but never anything quite that magnificent! It’s incredibly striking and like nothing else I’ve seen on any other blog.

  6. Glad you stopped by on my Blog otherwise I may not have discovered you. So I have clicked the follow for more great images and stories. That dog you are cradling looks suspiciously like our head of security ‘Buster’ If you click on my profile pic you can scrll to see my canine team.

  7. Hello again Miss Tania – I have nominated you for the Kreative Blogger Award. I don’t know if you like to participate in this part of our blogging community, but I really admire your photos and site and believe you are deserving of this award. If you choose not to accept it, I will understand completely.

    Please follow this link for more information about the award: http://seekraz.wordpress.com/2012/03/12/tokens-of-appreciation/

    Thank you again for sharing your world with us.


    • Hi Scott, I am 100% happy to receive this award from you!! Thank you so much for choosing to nominate me, it really means a lot that you think me worthy of it 🙂 I have not had much time to do my tasks and show my appreciation for a few awards now so I had better get my act together!! I am new to all this still and a bit disorganised! Haha.

      Thank you for appreciating me and my photos, you are very kind 🙂


  8. Hi I just wanted to thank you for following my blog. It’s much appreciated. I can’t believe how much traveling you’ve done and ended up in Blighty!!! I shall follow too, I love your photos and you’re a dog lover so hey ho, there you go!!! I’m challenging myself to a photo (or10 a day!!) the hardest part is choosing just a couple!! I just wish I were more disciplined! I look forward to your next posts. Thanks again.

    • You are most welcome, I very much enjoy your photography! I know, I know, why am I in Blighty?!? Well I suppose it has it’s own charm and there are some people close to my heart who are here but to have seen such amazing sights is such a gift, only now I always want to see more! Haha. A bit of sunshine at least 😉 Looking forward to seeing more of your visions too, take care, Tan 🙂

  9. Hi Tania, thank you for liking my blog post. You have so many beautiful photographs, many made me smile, the donkeys with rocket packs made me giggle! And that teddy bear dress is cute, when I first saw that on the playground picture as I was scrolling down I was like “wait, wut!?” It’s great when people see things all around them to inspire their creativity, I think I go through little phases of it, so I hope you continue to do that even if you current work probably doesn’t encourage it that much. Brian.

    • Thanks Brian, I really appreciate your comments. Sometimes I do find it hard to feel creatively fulfilled in my current job but actually doing this blog is making me more conscious of using my ‘eye’ to see more than just the hundreds of school kids throwing bouncy balls across the shop floor and be inspired by the colours, textures and beauty all around me and savour each moment of visual bliss, however transitional it may be, because it makes me happy to do so. When creative ideas emerge it gives me such a buzz…a very exciting sensation – the desire to make something happen, to realise a concept – is irresistible! Worth actively taking the responsibility to encourage it within yourself even when you are going through an uninspired phase – which I think we all go through from time-to-time 🙂 Tan

    • Thank you so much for this accolade! Much appreciated!! I will address this as soon as I can…..off to Portugal Sunday woo hoo! First trip all on my lonesome – only 5 days mind but can’t wait for that sand between my toes!! Thanks again for thinking me worthy 🙂 🙂

    • Hey Cornelio, thanks so much for your kind words….they are encouraging for me and much appreciated! Thanks also for following….I think I shall have to return the favour as, having visited your blog, I am now a hungry woman!! 🙂

  10. Hi ! Excellent photography. Thanks for following my blog. I have added your blog to my updated blog list under Commonwealth photographers. 🙂

    • elemediat, I have just noticed that I hadn’t replied to this before now! How rude of me…..thank you so much for adding me to your blog list, it is a true compliment and much appreciated! I hope you are having a great weekend 🙂

  11. Hi Tania, thanks for stopping by and liking my last post, am going to check your blog too and so far I’ve seen some wonderful shots! 🙂

  12. Hello My dear Tania,
    I find all Your art work pretty amazing, inspiring and up-lifting!!!!! Your creativity is great!!!!! I enjoy it so much!!!!!!
    It was really nice to meet You in Lisbon!!!!
    All bests and hope see You soon
    Olga Alex =))

    • Olga!!! You found me! It makes me very happy to hear such positive thoughts from you about my work!! It made my day!
      It was such a pleasure meeting you too – you are a beautiful, inspiring woman and I hope we meet up again soon 🙂 Love Tan xx

  13. Hi, thanks very much for stopping by my blog and for the like on the post “Order As Art: These Stones are for the Birds.” I just took a few minutes to look at your blog, love the pictures and subjects!

  14. Tania, because I enjoy and admire your blog so much, I have nominated you for the ABC Award.
http://avian101.wordpress.com/2012/04/14/abc-award/ ‎. In order to accept this award, you must comply with the two rules. Then you may place the Award logo on your site. Please do not feel any pressure to accept this award, I understand if you do not wish to participate. But know your site is appreciated, and your blogging is interesting, your photos are beautiful! I enjoy reading your posts! Have a great day! H.J.

    • Thank you and you are welcome Lu, looks like you will be embarking on your own travels soon!! I make myself jealous to go back when I see my pics haha 🙂 thanks for visiting….see you around

    • Ah thanks Richard!! Super kind of you to think of me for this….much appreciated!! 🙂 I will, of course, accept and honour the rules as soon as I can….until then, thanks again!! Tan

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  16. Thank you for stopping by my blog and liking my post about Zurich, much appreciated. I’m so glad for the chance to have visited your blog and seen the stunning photographs you take! Thank you for sharing them and the inspiration 🙂

    • Wow, thank you! That is one lovely surprise! Much appreciated….I have a few to catch up on, my tardiness is atrocious! I promise any day now I’ll catch up! Thanks again 🙂 🙂

  17. Hi Tania, beautiful photos you have on your blog. Like you, we love travelling and I love taking photos! Learning the art about blogging with our relatively new blog and thanks for stopping by our blog and liking the post on “Idiot’s guide to eating mussels in Belgium”. Let us continue to blog away! 🙂 BollyChees in Paris.

    • Hi BollyChees! Thank you for your lovely comment….I have found blogging to be very rewarding, if a little hard to keep up with at times! Keep at it, it is lovely getting feedback on the things you love to do and share, I hope you have a lot of fun with it too! 🙂 Thanks again, Tan

  18. Such a good blog with some amazing photographs – looking forward to seeing your upcoming posts!

    • Thanks Joylene!! This is a lovely thing indeed to be nominated!! I’m so happy you thought of me for this – I will get to it soon as I can 🙂 Thanks again! Hope you are having a fabulous weekend!

  19. Hello Tania! Thanks for checking out my blog! I was just in Europe for the first time, and before I left on my trip I created my blog for family and friends to follow me. What kind of photo gear do you use?

    • Hi Jim! I love your idea for keeping those nearest and dearest up-to-date with your adventures – awesome!! I now have a Nikon D60 which is really great and easy to use for a novice like me. My travelling photos are predominantly with just a little Samsung digital I had back then so the quality is lacking a bit even though the subjects are pretty cool!! Thanks for dropping by 🙂 Good luck on your travels!

  20. Hi Tania,thanks so much for liking my images on Instagram,photography is so exciting to myself even though I only use my phone (I’m saving for a dslr),the inspiration I get from somebody like yourself taking time to look at my pictures is priceless,your images are beautiful,I shall get there one day,I like nothing more than coming down to see the wildlife photography exhibition in the museum :0) any way thanks again and keep snapping :0)

    • Hi Paul! Ah thank you so much for this – I only just read it as my laptop has died and I have to take it to a shop to recover all my photographs off it…..I hope they can do it! I should have put them all in online storage! You live and learn. I am also without photoshop for now so I haven’t been able to play with new images to post. Anyway, I’ll be back on it as soon as I can and messages like this are so encouraging!! What is your instagram name? I’m so happy to hear that my liking your images is inspiring you to keep snapping – even with a mobile it is just great to explore photography any way you can…..you will love having a dslr though! I am excited for you! Well worth saving up for 🙂 Oh the wildlife photographer of the year exhibition is the best, isn’t it?!! It’s so great to see how amazing the natural world is and always captured in brilliant, inspiring and imaginative ways…..maybe one day our photographs will be up there!! 😉 thanks again for taking the time to write such a nice thing, it’s made my day 🙂

  21. Tania, thanks so much for liking my post today on Tide Line Still Life. I am so please that you liked it. I look forward to perusing your site, and hope to see you again! Best, Maggie

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