Boots & Pine


Tara Violet Niami in Clinton Hill

Where did you grow up?

I was born in New York City and moved to Los Angeles when I was six and a half where I lived the longest.

What brought you to New York?

I moved back here to go to art school- I missed living here.

What do you do for a living?

I am a photographer and a freelance model.

How did you get started?

Five years ago I became passionate about photography and have been doing it since! I started modelling seriously for the first time last summer after realizing I felt comfortable in front of the lens and had done it plenty of times for friends who were photographers.

What’s your favorite thing about your neighborhood?

I love multiple things in my neighborhood- the lovely brownstones that line the street, Dough which has the best donuts, and Fort Greene Park where I love to climb my favorite tree.

What’s the last treasure you found?

The last treasure I found would be a photograph I collected of two laughing children taken in the 50’s or 60’s.

If you were going to eat your last meal in New York, where and what would you eat?

If I was going to eat my last meal in New York I would go to Veselka’s and have perogi.

If you could have a sleepover with anyone who has ever existed, who would it be?

I’d want to have a sleepover with Patti Smith, Jane Austen, or Lee Miller.

If your life was a TV show, what would be the theme song?

The theme song of my life would be “Born to Run” by Bruce Springsteen, whom I love very much.

What does New York need that it doesn’t have now?

What New York needs is to have less of a competitive feeling; the art world is very much alive here but sometimes I feel people try hard to get to the top and lose the real reason they made art in the first place.

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