Student of the Month Lori Tanimura

We're excited to have Lori Tanimura as our featured Student of the Month photographer for September in our gallery. Our opening reception is this coming Tuesday, September 1.  Lori's photographs convey the peaceful side of animals and the lighting on them reveals the beauty and texture of their coat.  Be sure to come in and see the soulful image of her dog Raleigh as a puppy that she describes below.

This month Kathleen Bullard talked to Lori Tanimura about her experience as a photographer.

If you could sum up this work in one word what would it be?

"Blessings." The theme of the photos is "Rescue Me," but each picture represents a special blessing in my life. After being diagnosed with a severe case of systemic lupus erythematosus, my list of activities were curtailed for many years. Who knew that someday I would find my wings and be able to take such photos as these? Each one seems like a major stepping stone to freedom: a freedom beyond expectation or even beyond my imagination.

Which photograph has meant the most to you?

The photograph of Raleigh as a puppy in 1999 won third place in a local photo contest. It was the first time a picture of mine had even been recognized with merit by others outside my circle of family and friends. But even more importantly Raleigh was the love of my life. He passed away last year, the day after Valentine's Day.

Where have you found inspiration photographically?


Who do you feel like you were making this work for?

Myself - primarily for the memories.



Was there anything about yourself or something else that you discovered making these pictures?

 I discovered that my favorite activity is relaxing with my dogs in an air-conditioned room, looking at photos, and reminiscing about the adventures.

Was there a class, instructor, pro talk or trip that really helped you connect with photography?

For my first trip to the Galapagos in February of 2012, my camera was a Nikon D90 shooting in the fully automatic mode. In May of the same year, after taking Photo Boot Camp with Mark Comon, a whole new world opened up.

Is there a piece of equipment that you really love?

The 80-300mm zoom lens is what I used to capture moments with animals at a distance.

What thread do you feel ties these pictures together besides you taking them?

The thread that ties these photos together is mainly my interest in animals, both domestic and wild. Observing behavior or interacting with them brings a fascination that feeds my soul.

What is your advice to someone starting in photography?

I highly recommend taking Photo Boot Camp with Mark. Be sure to do the photographic assignments, which are to take pictures including certain parameters learned that particular week.

SealDo you have any projects you're planning to do next?

I am working on a photo book of my most recent trip back to the Galapagos in 2015. I also plan to make greeting cards out of my photos.

What's your favorite color?

Tanzanite blue

 See her work at our First Tuesday art opening Tuesday, September 1st from 5:30-7:00 pm.
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