artistic photographic alchemy
My work mixes analog and digital techniques to investigate the continuum between people and the rest of nature, as well as the continuing evolution of photography itself.
I am a fifth generation Benton County resident living within Champinefu, the traditional homeland of the Ampinefu Band of Kalapuya. After a year living & working in Kenya, I earned a BS degree in Entomology. Always a curious KAT, I moved to San Diego to manage a collection of spine-less organisms &, ultimately, burnt out of a career in Forensics. I continue to fight sexual violence through my art & supporting that of others’ at Light Rider Studios. I garnered a BFA in Photography & spent time in Seattle honing mad skills at Moonphoto, managing The Photocloset & cycling the city’s hilly streets.
Photography is the aptest medium for my art & science mind to make work that encourages positive relationships between peoples & planets.
Email // koa a tom @ gmail . com
Instagram // @ koa.tom & @ light.rider.studios