A wandering nomad from Adelaide, Tay is a photographer with a unique style who perfectly embodies the sense of escape we crave here at We are Explorers. 

Your hometown?
Adelaide, Australia

Day Job?
Currently I’m a bit of a nomad until I return to Australia in August. But technically, I’m a freelance photographer and retoucher.

Your weapons of choice?
Bodies: NIKON D700 and D800
Lenses: NIKON 24-70 2.8 and 50mm 1.8

What puts the fire in your belly?
The feeling I get when I’m somewhere new or amongst nature and experiencing the moment for myself. That overwhelming sense of being so small in a world that is so expansive and beautiful, and then setting myself the challenge of capturing that feeling. People inspire me too – those who create without inhibition.. and those who share my curiosity of the world.

Where was your last microadventure in Australia?
My last micro adventure was to Cape Solander in NSW. You can walk along the cliffs and the view of the ocean and coast line is incredible. My friends and I sat here for a while and admired the sunset while chatting about life and our adventures past and to come.

Where’s your next Australian microadventure going to be?
Even though I grew up in South Australia, I’ve never been to Kangaroo Island or the Great Ocean Road. So, hopefully either of those!

Scariest thing thats happened to you in the wild?
There’s been a few things that have made my heart race, but probably one of the times I have encountered an angry brown snake. Sometimes they react in fear, without any provoking, so always be alert.

Apart from your camera, what’s the one piece of essential kit you’d always carry in the great outdoors?
I always take a note book and pen. I love writing prose/poetry and drawing, and sometimes in the middle of nowhere is when inspiration hits the hardest.

Favourite Quote?
“Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back. Those who wish to sing, always find a song” it’s part of a longer Plato quote, but this part resonates with me and reminds me that nothing is impossible if you follow an honest path and you seek out those things (not necessarily people like Plato may have suggested) that make your heart sing, you’ll always find fulfilment.

Follow her adventures at @tayganbassi

Microadventures with @tayganbassi 1/5 "Stunning sunsets reward you at the top of an easy hike.. and it's only an hour drive from the CBD" #weareexplorers

Microadventures with @tayganbassi 1/5
“Stunning sunsets reward you at the top of an easy hike.. and it’s only an hour drive from the CBD”
#weareexplorers

Microadventures with @tayganbassi 2/5 "The old Helensburgh train tunel is an hour train ride out of Sydney CBD, but being there feels like you are stepping in to a surreal world. There's even glow worms inside." (Disclaimer: these tracks are unused, never risk using active tracks!) #weareexplorers

Microadventures with @tayganbassi 2/5
“The old Helensburgh train tunel is an hour train ride out of Sydney CBD, but being there feels like you are stepping in to a surreal world. There’s even glow worms inside.” (Disclaimer: these tracks are unused, never risk using active tracks!)
#weareexplorers

Microadventures with @tayganbassi 3/5 "An incredibly surreal show by nature that will have you holding your breath - but not in a good way! The sulphur here makes for a horrendous smell, but the views are so worth it." #weareexplorers

Microadventures with @tayganbassi 3/5
“An incredibly surreal show by nature that will have you holding your breath – but not in a good way! The sulphur here makes for a horrendous smell, but the views are so worth it.”
#weareexplorers

Microadventures with @tayganbassi 4/5 "Not far from the hustle and bustle of Sydney, but incredibly rugged and remote, not to mention fun to explore and climb on all the rock formations. My friend standing on the rock thought it appropriate after this shot to reenact the Lion King". #weareexplorers

Microadventures with @tayganbassi 4/5
“Not far from the hustle and bustle of Sydney, but incredibly rugged and remote, not to mention fun to explore and climb on all the rock formations. My friend standing on the rock thought it appropriate after this shot to reenact the Lion King”.
#weareexplorers

Microadventures with @tayganbassi 5/5 "An hour hike will take you to these beautiful pools but make sure you go at low tide or you'll miss out. The first time I went we walked straight past it on the trail that runs along the cliff top - don't make the same mistake; once you hit the beach, follow it at sea level until you arrive at the pools!" #weareexplorers

Microadventures with @tayganbassi 5/5
“An hour hike will take you to these beautiful pools but make sure you go at low tide or you’ll miss out. The first time I went we walked straight past it on the trail that runs along the cliff top – don’t make the same mistake; once you hit the beach, follow it at sea level until you arrive at the pools!”
#weareexplorers