Otherwise known as Tazz. Tazzy. Tarryn. Ta. Tarry. Tee. Jolly.
(Mom's maiden name is Jolly, so I decided to take it as my own)
'Tarryn', valleys, mountains, and meadows. 'Lee', rugged rocks.
So this is me – born 1992, 02 December. Sagittarius and year of the monkey!
Meet my mum and dad, and my big brother, Justin
And as I grow up, you'll meet the rest of my uniquely peculiar looking family.
Most of the time, there's always the black sheep of the family... Which was always me. The strange one. The kid who stands out. But I always joked that I was the white sheep! As you can very well see...
Before all this extra-ordinary madness began, I was just your average kid, you know, fighting crime all that.
But the older I got, the more I started using my powers in a subtler manner – the sports field. I didn't want to reveal my true identity too soon.
It's funny how we never see it coming, those moments, those moments and choices that change your life forever. These incredible Beings came into our lives – and changed the course of history for our family tree.
Pictures speak a thousand words, and even more – they are moments in time that are captured forever... So no words need be said –
The amount of love, understanding, and purity that these kids have brought to my life, I doubt anyone could ever comprehend. I didn't just watch them grow, I helped raise them. I have been a part of their every move, their every step, their scrapes and bruises, their first words, their first swim, their every baseball game or running race, their secrets and their loves, their pain and their understandings of life. From burping and feeding them, to changing diapers and bathing them. From rocking them to sleep in my arms, to spending the weekends looking after them when mum was busy. Being a part of their journey, and them in mine, has been the most phenomenal experience that life has gifted me. And how honoured I am.
I am who I am because of my family.
Simon is now in music school and is a radical drummer! Mary and Jake are both captains in various sport disciplines – with amazing leadership qualities. Sadly, with every fairytale story, there are many moments of pain and suffering. Siyabonga will always have a space in our hearts...
To see the journey of how my rather remarkable family came to be, and my humble yet very wonderful pioneer of a mother, Ruth, please watch this 5 minute, award winning documentary that myself, and two mates from varsity created, for a short film competition called Stories Lived, in the category of Personal Passions.
RAISING THE FUTURE
A wanderer. A traveller. An earth lover, animals too, of course.
A spiritual individual who is deeply connected to and moved by our Creator, and all of Creation.
A 'go-green', passive, yet highly tenacious individual. An activist.
A rock jumping, ocean dweller, mountain climber, bush diver.
I thrive on being outdoors and being active.
A sunrise seeker and naturalist!
A selfless server of the people along my path – "The purpose of life is a life of purpose"
An artist in photography, videography, editing, and writing, quite candid! Inspiring and motivating people to see our daily joys in the simple elements of life...
"Never forget the importance of living with unbridled exhilaration. Never neglect to see the beauty in all living things. Today, and this very moment, is a gift. Stay focused on your purpose. The Universe will take care of everything else."
My attitude to life is Sunny Side Up – always look on the bright side of life! Everything happens, as it needs to. Love the balance of life, the easy flowing times as well as the more challenging ones, there are always lessons to be learnt, choose to grow!
Through all my travels, endless wanderings (mostly a lone ranger with my camera), countless homes I have had the pleasure of embracing, and the curiously fascinating characters I have met along the way, as well as hilariously entertaining situations, I have realized my fulfillment in life comes from my filming, travelling to new and different places, being part of the lands, the different sceneries, interacting with people, sharing stories, and recording moments. This is my ultimate Passion that breathes life into my very existence – doing what I love, and through it, allowing me to share it with others - the ecstasy of following your own dreams, and believing in all that you are capable of.
I have always been an inquisitive explorer out on barefoot adventures!
It has been the oxygen to my blood ever since I was a youngling – from collecting all shapes and sizes of shells and different varieties of rocks, to bringing home snails and often ants in my lunch box (much to my mothers delight!), as I was intrigued with how they built their homes, worked together, and carried loads 10 times heavier than themselves! Nature. Crazy. Beautiful. There was never a dull moment when I had my hands touching the earth.
Getting older, and growing up in the environment I did, with mom and the kids, as well as her baby home, and living on the land with the Zulu community in Oakford, I saw and have always been part of, a completely different life than many others know of or have experienced.
The rough. The raw. The scary. The frail. The poverty. The vulnerable. I have seen death. I have seen growth. The community. The culture. The history. The lands. The unconditional love. The endless service, the selfless service. The spiritual. The religious. The lives that were given second chances. The changes. The transformations. Those in need, those giving, and those receiving. I have seen the broken and weak progress to vessels of strength and purpose. I have seen hundreds of individuals and families sharing their time, laughter, and love, with these abandoned babies. I have seen volunteers from all over the world, come into my home as foreigners, and leaving as South Africans.
I have seen courage. I have seen growth. I have seen perseverance like no other.
I have seen families being bonded through love, and not just blood.
All these synchronistic happenings over my 24 years of existing on planet earth has really opened my heart to real moments of Africa, leading to my current passions and ever unfolding purpose.
But above all, although I only had mum, who split herself into a million pieces for all the lost children, becoming a mother to all, I had my aunt and gran, who are my guardian angels for sure. (And to all the friends' parents who took me in as their own – you are all mothers to me – thank you infinitely.)
I started dabbling with a camera in high school – I loved how one photo could capture the essence of a moment and unravel an entire story.
Because of my mom and the baby home, we had many international volunteers coming to stay with us over periods of time.
Cindee was one of these volunteers, our crazy Canadian! Also an incredible photographer, she showed me a 3-minute clip of these photos and videos she had compiled together of the kids and our family, with some background music to add that melody and set the mood.
This blew my mind, how you could combine stills, movement, story, and music, to create an expression of the world you see and what you feel.
She was using Mac moviemaker, and let me play around on it for a bit, showing me a thing or two.
I taught myself how to use Final Cut Pro and started messing around with videos and editing. I wasn't a professional or anything, everything was self taught trial and error, with entry level equipment, but I did it because I loved it - my stuff was mostly about capturing and expressing the essence of different moments. My interest and style has always been documentary vibes, the 'right now' moments, not the staged productions.
I went to film school and graduated from AFDA – but my main focus was writing and directing... I didn't take cinematography or editing, though sometimes I wish I had!
So that's me, and how all this has come to be!
I used to travel with my best companion in the whole world, Sunny. She even has this gorgeous little heart on her. She now lives on the farm with mum and the kids, so she doesn't have to be left alone when I have to adventure without her...
There are honestly so many films I love. Here are a few:
And many, many more.