Tara Minshull Cinematic Worlds Photography

Self taught Photographer and life-long Cinephile creating still worlds that exist in the space between photography and film.
Back to my Roots

The inspiration for this ‘cinegraph’ has been stirring within me for some years now. Throughout my life I have considered myself to be purely British. Having been born, raised and educated in England that was very much who I felt I was. That was until I moved to Los Angeles with my mother and brother where we became reunited with our Armenian roots. Since then I have slowly begun to recognize the values, culture, foods, passions and history of what it is to be Armenian. 

The pomegranate is the national symbol of the Armenian people. Used in poetry, art and food it represents the life and nourishment that kept the people alive during the genocide, eating one seed a day during exile. 

I use the pomegranate in my ‘cinegraph’ to tell my story. Re-growing back to my roots that begin to fruit the Armenian symbol, while I collect each one to treasure and represent who I am today.

Back to my Roots

The inspiration for this ‘cinegraph’ has been stirring within me for some years now. Throughout my life I have considered myself to be purely British. Having been born, raised and educated in England that was very much who I felt I was. That was until I moved to Los Angeles with my mother and brother where we became reunited with our Armenian roots. Since then I have slowly begun to recognize the values, culture, foods, passions and history of what it is to be Armenian.

The pomegranate is the national symbol of the Armenian people. Used in poetry, art and food it represents the life and nourishment that kept the people alive during the genocide, eating one seed a day during exile.

I use the pomegranate in my ‘cinegraph’ to tell my story. Re-growing back to my roots that begin to fruit the Armenian symbol, while I collect each one to treasure and represent who I am today.

A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots

—Marcus Garvey

Death by Kino

This ‘Cinegraph’ is self-referential and personal to me. For many years now I have felt rather violated by having my photograph taken. The knowledge that someone had captured my image in a way I have never seen myself before, while being unable to attain it, was unnerving. With each shutter closure I was being turned into a commodity and becoming, somehow, symbolically possessed.

In this composition, I myself am being photographed by friend and photographer Josh Gallo. It was a nerve-racking, soul invasive experience for me. As the all seeing Kino flashed his eye at my body he consumed my every move. This ‘cinegraph’ shows my soul being vacumed into the camera’s lens, leaving my body empty and lifeless. The glow of light is usurped by flying moths, who decay the glamour of being gazed at by the camera.

Regardless of my own persoal difficulties being photographed, it was a priviledge to collaborate with Josh and to develop my composition through someone else’s eyes.

Death by Kino

This ‘Cinegraph’ is self-referential and personal to me. For many years now I have felt rather violated by having my photograph taken. The knowledge that someone had captured my image in a way I have never seen myself before, while being unable to attain it, was unnerving. With each shutter closure I was being turned into a commodity and becoming, somehow, symbolically possessed.

In this composition, I myself am being photographed by friend and photographer Josh Gallo. It was a nerve-racking, soul invasive experience for me. As the all seeing Kino flashed his eye at my body he consumed my every move. This ‘cinegraph’ shows my soul being vacumed into the camera’s lens, leaving my body empty and lifeless. The glow of light is usurped by flying moths, who decay the glamour of being gazed at by the camera.

Regardless of my own persoal difficulties being photographed, it was a priviledge to collaborate with Josh and to develop my composition through someone else’s eyes.

All photographs are memento mori. To take a photograph is to participate in another person’s (or thing’s) mortality, vulnerability, mutability. Precisely by slicing out this moment and freezing it, all photographs testify to time’s relentless melt.

—Susan Sontag

Looking Down the Rabbit Hole

This composition was inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland but more specifically, by a personal loss.

The separation of two people can be difficult, and oftentimes out of our control. The loss I refer to is the metaphysical kind. A disconnect. When one loses oneself in the dark. Falls down a rabbit hole, while their loved ones watch from above.

Sometimes the dark seems rather magical, intriguing and spiritual. And oftentimes it can be. The intrigue for us all is constant and challenging. 

This Cinegraph tells the story of the girl who looks hypnotically into the glowing depths of the Rabbit Hole, unsure whether or not to fall in…what would you do?

Looking Down the Rabbit Hole

This composition was inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland but more specifically, by a personal loss.

The separation of two people can be difficult, and oftentimes out of our control. The loss I refer to is the metaphysical kind. A disconnect. When one loses oneself in the dark. Falls down a rabbit hole, while their loved ones watch from above.

Sometimes the dark seems rather magical, intriguing and spiritual. And oftentimes it can be. The intrigue for us all is constant and challenging.

This Cinegraph tells the story of the girl who looks hypnotically into the glowing depths of the Rabbit Hole, unsure whether or not to fall in…what would you do?

The rabbit-hole went straight on like a tunnel for some way, and then dipped suddenly down, so suddenly that Alice had not a moment to think about stopping herself before she found herself falling down what seemed to be a very deep well

—Lewis Carroll

Earth Born
I’ve been wanting to create this Cinegraph for a long time now and I finally squeezed in the hours to make it happen. I’ve been closely drawn to the image of humans and nature being intertwined or joined. I’ve been thinking about the relationship between man and nature recently, and in reality I see a battle rather than a romance. But in my ‘Cinematic Worlds’ I want to create new realities, and displace ourselves from what we know to be real.
'Earth Born' is a world that romanticizes the relationship between Mother Earth and ourselves. Where the wind melts into our skin and we grow out of the ground by our roots.

Earth Born

I’ve been wanting to create this Cinegraph for a long time now and I finally squeezed in the hours to make it happen. I’ve been closely drawn to the image of humans and nature being intertwined or joined.

I’ve been thinking about the relationship between man and nature recently, and in reality I see a battle rather than a romance. But in my ‘Cinematic Worlds’ I want to create new realities, and displace ourselves from what we know to be real.

'Earth Born' is a world that romanticizes the relationship between Mother Earth and ourselves. Where the wind melts into our skin and we grow out of the ground by our roots.

Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair

—Khalil Gibran

Let Nature Catch You
For a long time now I have been a firm believer in Nature. Mother nature has been my savior whenever I’ve been lost, confused or doubtful. Just stepping outside into the garden or going for a hike in the woods, where I can immerse myself in the peace and quiet, clears my mental pollution. This photograph is a literal composition of the concept that Nature can often catch us when we feel as though we are falling. The fantasy of being carried away by a flock of birds into the clouds, is one I feel we all have shared at one point. So I hope that you feel inspired to take that walk or book that camping trip and let Mother Nature take you under her wing.

Let Nature Catch You


For a long time now I have been a firm believer in Nature. Mother nature has been my savior whenever I’ve been lost, confused or doubtful. Just stepping outside into the garden or going for a hike in the woods, where I can immerse myself in the peace and quiet, clears my mental pollution. 

This photograph is a literal composition of the concept that Nature can often catch us when we feel as though we are falling. The fantasy of being carried away by a flock of birds into the clouds, is one I feel we all have shared at one point. So I hope that you feel inspired to take that walk or book that camping trip and let Mother Nature take you under her wing.




You will find something far greater in the woods than you will find in books. Stones and trees will teach you that which you will never learn from masters.

—St. Bernard