About Me

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I'm a portrait / landscape photographer with an eye for the unusual. I enjoy out of the ordinary locations, fascinating people and curious concepts to shoot. I primarily use a Canon DSLR and a handful of lenses. I am truly fond of natural light photography. I am based in Kenmore, Washington.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Truth in Power


"Let me tell you about the dark side. Typical Jedi propaganda to name it so. Let me give it another name. Let's call it the truth."

Collar by Tormented Artifacts - http://tormentedartifacts.com
Model: Inky Grrl - https://www.instagram.com/theanneguishofeds/
Photography: Tanuki Photography

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Quiet Strength



"Peace is a lie. There is only Passion.
Through Passion I gain Strength.
Through Strength I gain Power.
Through Power I gain Victory.
Through Victory my chains are Broken.
The Force shall free me."

Extra Wide Belt by Tormented Artifacts: http://tormentedartifacts.com/widebelt.html
Model: Sirius Nox: https://www.facebook.com/VenitNoxLuciferLux?fref=mentions
Photography: Tanuki Photography

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Only One Way


"Let's be clear. There's only one way things are going to end for you here. Badly."

Custom waist cincher, skirt, and gauntlet by Tormented Artifacts - http://tormentedartifacts.com/
Model: Inky Grrl - https://www.instagram.com/theanneguishofeds/
Photography: Tanuki Photography

Monday, September 18, 2017

Repurposing the Past


A once functional building, serving a grand purpose has long since been abandoned.  This monument to a great construction boom in the Northwest has been left to decay.  But in being forsaken, it has transformed into something more.  In many places around the building site, it's become a modern canvas for artists to express themselves using a transitory art style.  Illustrations are created over the top of older works, giving this area of dilapidation a sort of life unto itself.  The only permanence it really has is a photo. 

Monday, August 21, 2017

Patterns of Decay


How much of life goes by beneath our fingers?  Bumps and crags on concrete, the slight ripple in your favorite glass, the frayed edges of your favorite blanket, texture is all around us every day.  It's something we often take for granted, but when we set our focus upon it, sometimes we see a whole different world open up to us.

This happened to me when I was scouting an abandoned building for an upcoming photo shoot.  At first, all I could see was the decay and rubble.  After a while, I began to see the texture and patterns left in the wake of Father Time and Mother Nature and the beauty of the structure began to emerge.

I hope you enjoy, "Patterns of Decay".

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Light


Light is everywhere.  We take it for granted. But when I really thought about it, I started finding ways to be very deliberate with the illumination all around us, and not just in the, "is my subject lit well enough" sense.  I began to find creative ways to use active light (black lights, flashlights, LEDs, etc).

Then, I began contemplating the differences between active lighting and passive lighting.  I pondered methods of being creative with ambient/passive lighting.  That led me out my door at 1 AM in the morning one day in 2013 to find the perfect overpass location.

I hope you like.


Friday, August 4, 2017

The Importance of Music


Music.  Songs.  Lyrics.  Instruments. A collection of notes all jumbled together.  When you break it down in the most simplistic way, it doesn't look like much.  But when you put it all together, it becomes more than the sum of its parts.  It transforms into something that makes you feel, fills you with emotion.  Music can inspire rage and love. Music can inspire us to be more than we think we can be.

When doing concert photography, I try to capture moments that illustrate this.  Sometimes I'm even moderately successful.  It's a wonderful challenge, attempting to solidify all that emotion you feel via sound into a stationary image.


Tuesday, August 1, 2017

It's Time

Fire Dancer at the Vagabond Opera Concert, 2012
It's been a while.  But something is telling me it's time to pick up the camera and start looking at the world through the lens again.

In the time I took off, I did some heavy thinking about why things went the way they did, and where I want to actually go from here.  I realized that putting all the effort into trying to make something I love into a business was taking away from what I loved.  I felt forced to create and that took the love out of photography for me.  Going forward, at least for the time being, I am planning on taking photos for the love of taking photos and not thinking of selling at all.  This doesn't mean I'm not open to paid projects (I will happily do those too), but the focus of the photos is simply going to be for the art of it. And the joy.

I HAVE done some small(ish) projects here and there in my time off, and I'm going to be thrilled to start sharing some of those with you soon.  

In the mean time, I'll be putting up some of my favorite photos I was able to recover here.  I hope you enjoy them.