zany zen

Photographist specializing in Alternative Photographic Processes.

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.  Following the Willamette Valley Treaty of 1855, Kalapuya people were forcibly removed to reservations at either Grand Ronde or Siletz. Today, Kalapuya live within tribal lands or tribally-ceded lands throughout the region. Many Kalapuya are active members of the sovereign nations of the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde or the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians. Kalapuya culture is alive.

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 in daily practice propagating Love through my art & supporting that of others’ at Light Rider Studios. I garnered a BFA in Photography then spent time in Seattle honing mad skills at Moonphoto, The Photocloset & out on my bike on the city’s hilly streets.

Photography is an apt medium for melding my Art and Science backgrounds to make work that encourages positive relationships between Peoples & Planets.

Email // koa a tom @ gmail . com

Instagram // @ koa.tom & @ light.rider.studios

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