How did the Tatla Communities website come about?


a note from the creatives behind the project...

Daryl Visscher and I have lived abroad, working globally in the film, fashion and photography industries for the last 20 years. In 2008, we bought remote ranch land in the Tatlayoko Valley and built an off grid cabin as our base in the western world. The experience of a simplified lifestyle and being a part of a tiny, active, and diverse community very quickly became an integral part of our lives. 

In 2015, we received a grant from the Tatla Resource Association to create a website to profile our community. For over a year, whenever we were home in Canada we worked on the project, spending countless hours talking to and photographing people who live here, work here, raise their families here. We visited young people and seniors, ranchers and artists and teachers, our doctor, our internet provider and our helicopter pilot — all folks making it work to live remotely and independently from many systems that urban populations rely on. The overall feeling here is a steadfast sense of community and love of an outdoor lifestyle.

The Tatla Communities website is intended to serve both as a resource for our residents and visitors, as well as a window for the world into a modern, remote way of living.

Feel free to be in touch with any questions or comments:

Angela Hartwick

Angela Hartwick and Daryl Visscher are a creative team whose photography and design projects have been featured in publications such as Vanity Fair, The New York Times, Condé Nast Traveller, The Wall Street Journal and Time Magazine. Their ability to produce polished imagery in complicated situations, and their distinctive style of brand-aware documentary work has won them commercial photo and video commissions from around the globe, with clients including Christie’s, Volkswagen, Lufthansa, MTV and the UN World Food Programme. They have created extensive libraries for leading brands such as Nestlé, General Electric, PepsiCo, Mubadala, and Canada Tourism.  Their video projects have been screened at the Royal Ontario Museum and aired on PBS and their involvement in the arts has led to project collaborations with Harvard University and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).  They recently wrote, directed and shot the global launch film for Expo 2020 Dubai.

Daryl and Angela have developed education programs for street and working children in Kabul, Afghanistan and for the White Helmets, a Syrian Civil Defense organization.  Their years working as specialists in CSR reporting led them to focus on sustainable social change.

Daryl and Angela have developed extensive experience in alternative energy and sustainable living practices while building their off-grid home in rural Canada.