|DEMONSTRATE by Tara Darby|
I wrote to Tara in June 2009 saying that her name had been given to me by Linda Brownlee (more of whom, later) and asking if she would like to be part of my project. Sure enough, eight months later, we met in her studio in Dalston where she took this great portrait. That it took so long is a testament to her skill as a photographer as she is so much in demand. I was also very heartened by the fact that, in that time, she continued to be keen on doing it.
Her studio is a great space and part of a larger open plan area which she shares with other artists. I felt good going there because we had already met and chatted about the project and so I felt quite at ease. Also, Dalston has happy connotations for me as I used to drive through there on the way to seeing Tottenham play in the 1970s and 1980s. Tara is also the nicest person and her work is beautiful. I felt very honoured to be working with her.