Ikigai Seaster Feature: Tarish Zamora
Beckie Liu - Mar 26 2020
Ikigai Seaster Feature: Tarish Zamora
When we were in La Union, we were lucky enough to catch several sunsets and photos, Tarish-style. Now that we’re back on the island, we thought it’ll be interesting to turn that lens around, and focus on our Seaster who we love and adore so much!
Tarish wears Cloud 9 Bikini Top and Cloud 9 High Waist Bottom
We first met Tarish during the SEA games back in November 2019. The connection was an instant one, and we can’t thank Tarish enough for her never-ending support during our launch in La Union this month!
This year is all about the Ikigai collection. Ikigai is a concept that has been rooted in the cultural fabric of Japan for centuries and it roughly translates to, “reason to live”. It is about building a life you do not need a vacation from.
As with life, there are infinite choices and decisions, but no right answers or rules to the concept of Ikigai. When it comes to choosing your path, the only guide you have is yourself.
All of us have an Ikigai, here’s Tarish's!
Hi Tarish, could you give us a short introduction about yourself?
Hi! I’m Tarish Zamora. I’m a freelance Photographer from the Philippines but I was born and raised in the Middle East- Muscat, Sultanate of Oman to be specific.
Shot by Tarish. Mara wearing the Paradise Bikini Set
Tarish, you have a very distinct photography and editing style, could you tell us more about it?
I actually developed my style through a project I did with Viber, I think 4 years ago?
I had to ask life questions and take portraits of different people in different parts of Manila. Kind of like the vibes of “Humans Of New York.” I took 24 portraits, which helped me notice and see the similarities I captured in each photo. I discovered that the locations I mostly chose, fit the edit of how I edit my photos today – bluish / less saturated / dark contrast.
What are you inspired by recently?
I currently live away from my family, and seeing their never-ending support with all my decisions since day 1, inspired me to keep working hard to make them proud. I am also currently inspired by all the people I met who chose to live a much simpler life, near the ocean, near nature. It isn’t easy, it’s a huge risk and a big adjustment, but they chose it to have a healthier & happier life.
When did you decide to move to La Union? Could you tell us more about your journey?
Last year (2019), when I decided to start Surf Photography & Surfing seriously, I went around the different surf spots in the Philippines. I went where the waves were working- I was literally chasing waves all year round. My main goal for this was to practice the sport & master art because it is no joke. I drove to Real, Zambales, Baler, La Union & even flew to Siargao.
When I was getting addicted to surfing, I noticed that I kept on coming back to La Union. Mainly because this was where I first learned how to catch my own wave without a guide. I had a favorite spot – It felt comfortable going out to the water because I already knew the locals, I also already met a lot of new friends in the water.
After around 4 months, one of my friends noticed that I was there almost every weekend, and suggested, “Why not rent a house in LU instead?
It will be a lot cheaper, and it would be easier for you to keep coming back and forth.” It made so much sense. We immediately found an available house and I asked my 4 other friends from Manila (who I also kept surfing with) and they were all down for the idea. So we started renting a house in La Union.
At first, the most days I stayed in our house in La Union was 3 days because I still kept coming back to Manila because of work every week. Then it eventually got moving to 4 days then 5, then I started a work set up where I would be in Manila to work physically and shoot for a week, and the days I just have to do admin/edit work, I’d be in La Union, because honestly, I couldn’t stand the city anymore. I started to crave for Nature, and I noticed that I get irritated/depressed fast when I stayed in Manila.
When I was already mostly in La Union, I got to know the people, the whole community. And I’m so blessed and grateful for letting them accept me with arms open wide. I started getting shoots based in La Union when the business owners found out that I’m a Photographer. The locals I took Surf photos of started promoting my work. I found friends who I instantly clicked with and started considering family.
And from there, it all just fell into place.
I fell in love with the culture, the people and mostly, the simple life.
Items featured in this post: