So one question people often ask me is why the name Taiga Studio, where did it come from?
It’s actually the name of my parents house which I grew up in, however the house already had the name when we moved in. It was likely given the name by the first ever owners, as such it’s a mystery as to why they called it that, as it’s unusual. When I graduated from University, I needed a name for my Videography and Photography business, so it seemed like the most logical one to go with, but I never really thought much about it’s meaning.
The word Taiga itself is supposedly Russian or Turkic; it is used to describe the Boreal Forest of coniferous evergreen trees and subarctic lands, that cover vast areas in the Northern Hemisphere of the planet.
There is something about the Taiga I find quite appealing, as it’s a vast area of land, with dramatically different seasons, largely untouched by man. Obviously my Photography business is not based in the Taiga, nor was my parents house, but I still like the name.
The other issue with the name is that of how you actually pronounce Taiga.
We’ve always said it as “Tay-gah”, however occasionally I’ve had people call it “Thai-ga” which sounds more like the big cat, Tiger.
I’m not sure that either version is right or wrong, so I’m intending to stick with “Tay-gah” for the time being. I do remember hearing David Attenborough use the word in the recent BBC Frozen Planet documentary, but I forgot which version he went with. He is of course an authority on these things, so I’d happily go with whatever version he used, but I can’t remember which it was!
Any ideas what he said?