Hi, I’m Koa !

I use analog and digital techniques to investigate the continuum between people and the rest of nature including photographic evolution.

cameras, cats & bikes sums it up nicely.

short story long ….

As a fifth generation Benton County resident living within Champinefu, the traditional homeland of the Ampinefu Band of Kalapuya, I am deeply connected to & shaped by this environment. My work, thus, is influenced & contains aspects of this place – evergrowing thing that it is.

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.

Photography perfectly balances my art & science minds; with it I can create works about human relationships – with self, each other & place.

I garnered a BFA in Photography & spent time in Seattle honing my skills at Moonphoto, managing The Photocloset & cycling the city’s hilly streets.

I continue to collect imagery primarily by bike &, by utilizing methodology in content, emulate the stacked stories I imagine whilst riding …

Email // koa a tom @ gmail . com

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

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