Hamptons-based photographer Tanya Malott captures the healing energy of the ocean and local beaches.
Fisherman at sunset.
The ocean is the main reason I live in the Hamptons—its energy and saltwater can heal pretty much anything. It’s also a great place for my son, Alex, a passionate 17-year-old surfer. I secretly feel so proud when he is a little late for school because he drove to Georgica Beach to surf at sunrise after some app told him the waves would be good. I love that passion in him! And I still love to embarrass him by showing up in the afternoons with my camera, knowing these perfect days together won’t last forever.
One day when I was feeling particularly sad, renowned local fitness expert Orion Mims appeared on the beach, his Jeep piled with paddleboards, and we fell into an easy and honest conversation about single parenting and the challenges of life in the Hamptons. I think this summer might be the one where I try paddleboarding with Orion because his optimism is contagious. With his killer smile and crazy Jeep, I found him refreshing and authentic. Of course I had to take a portrait on the spot, to try and capture some of that good energy.