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Deviant for 13 Years
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About me

Hi, I'm Tanya


DA Community Volunteer
General Photography

Writer. Photographer. Witch.
Forensic psychology student.
Creative living advocate.

I believe art is a way of life, whether it's your job, your hobby, something that keeps you sane or something that keeps you breathing. The way I see it, art is for everyone and should be all about exploration and experimentation. As a member of the Community Relations team, I'm on a mission to support and encourage you in your creative endeavours. Whoever you are and whatever inspires you, MAKE ART.


My words and pictures

Suggest a Daily Deviation to me

I'm a General Photography Community Volunteer

My partner in crime is Mrs-Durden

:iconmrs-durden: :icontanyasimpson:

I take Daily Deviation suggestions from the following photography categories:

Architecture | Conceptual | Darkroom | Fireworks | Horror & Macabre | Infrared | Other | People & Portraits (Body Art, Classic Portraits, Emotive Portraits, Expressive, Infants & Children, Other, Self-Portraits, Spontaneous Portraits, Weddings) | Photojournalism | Still Life | Transportation | Urban and Rural

I mostly feature dark, experimental, psychedelic, visually challenging, subversive and otherwise unconventional photography with style and substance. I like weird. Give me weird.

For more information about what Daily Deviations are, and a list of which CVs feature from which genres, mediums and subjects, please read How do I suggest Daily Deviations?

Please read my full guidelines
before sending suggestions. Thanks!

My DD Suggestion Guide for General PhotographyI'm one of the Community Volunteers for General Photography, along with my partner in crime, Mrs-Durden.
This guide explains what I look for in a Daily Deviation (along with examples of past features) and how to send a suggestion to me. If you aren't sure what Daily Deviations are all about, this knowledge base article covers it.
The photography categories you can suggest to me from are:

Horror & Macabre
People & Portraits (Body Art, Classic Portraits, Emotive Portraits, Expressive, Infants & Children, Other, Self-Portraits, Spontaneous Portraits, Weddings)
PhotojournalismStill Life
Urban and Rural
I mostly feature dark, experimental, psychedelic, visually challenging, subversive or otherwise unconventional photography with style and substance. I like weird. Give me weird.

My devious bits and pieces


Deviant since 2005
Senior Member since 2007

Community Volunteering

General Photography
May 2018 - Present

Horror & Macabre Photography
October 2017 - May 2018

General Photography
December 2015 - September 2017

Darkroom Photography
June 2012 - May 2013

Horror & Macabre Photography
November 2008 - June 2010

Looking for some DA related tutorials and resources?
Here you go!

A Guide To Connecting And Sharing On DAWhat's this all about?
DeviantArt is a HUGE website and it's easy to feel invisible, especially if you're new (if you're new, hello, we're happy to have you here!). The aim of this guide is to help you start connecting with other artists and their work as well as sharing your own art and encouraging feedback and interaction. It would be impossible to cover absolutely everything in one journal, so consider it a starting point and get ready to go exploring! I've included a few helpful links under each section, so you can use these as springboards to help you bounce around and find out more.
:bulletgreen: Check out welcome for an introduction to DA
:bulletgreen: Introduce yourself in the Welcome Center forum
Get in the right mindset
The first thing to do is stop thinking simply in terms of what you want to get. DA, like a lot of places on the web, is a social experience. If you've been here
How to be a Guiding Light and a Shining ExampleHow can I help?
You don't have to be a Community Volunteer or have a fancy symbol next to your name to promote and support artists within your favourite gallery. The suggestions listed below are for everyone, and if you want something a little more useful than just my ideas, don't forget to pay a visit to the Help & FAQ section of DA.
Featuring art
To avoid repeating myself, I'd like to point you in the direction of a tutorial called Promoting Other People's Art On DA which contains information about...
Featuring art on your profile page and in your journalsSuggesting Daily DeviationsSharing deviations
Be a groupie
DA groups are set up and maintained by Admins, from the Founder (the person who 'owns' the group) to Moderators and Contributors.  These roles are different within each group, and each group has it's own set of rules for joining a

Promoting Other People's Art On DAOne of the great things about DA is that it's not only a place where you can promote your own work - it's also a place where you can promote art you admire by other people. There's a whole bunch of ways that you can do this, so if you'd like to help draw attention to awesome art created by your friends or brilliant things you've found while browsing, read on and find out how you could make someone's day.
Featuring art on your profile page and in your journal
If you look around DA you'll see all sorts of different features on people's pages and in their journal - selections from people's recent favourites, thumbnails of work on a theme, collections of prints etc. This FAQ explains how to link to artists and their art in your journal, page and other places on the site: :faq81:
While it's cool to be able to show off the work that you love in such a public way don't get carried away - when writing feature- or thumb-based journals, do your best to ensure that they have
DA Groups: Your ResponsibilitiesGreat power, great responsibility and DA groups
Just to explain before you start reading, this is an editorial written by me so the suggestions detailed below are my suggestions. I am not the oracle and this isn't an official DA tutorial. You are welcome to agree or disagree with me as you please, and I hope some people out there find this useful.
Clarity of Information
Make your joining and submission process, and any limits to it, VERY clear. People who have been in your group since it launched will have a good understanding of what can be submitted where and how often, but new or prospective members need to be able to find all guidelines easily so they can adhere to them. The more information your members have easy access to, the less time you'll have to spend repeating rules to people who have made mistakes.
Knocking down language barriers
Do your best to explain everything as clearly as possible because not everyone on DA will spe

The Artists' ManifestoWhat we owe ourselves
As artists, we work ourselves crazy in an attempt to arrive at the unattainable goal of perfection. We insult ourselves in a way that we would never put up with from someone else. We are our own worst critics, even during times when we go out of our way to support and encourage our friends. We pour our souls into our creations. We need to listen to the compliments along with the constructive advice. Remember that there is value in what we do and that we have every right to be celebrate when things go well. So, what do we owe ourselves..?
Recognise your talent
In this context, I'm talking about talent in terms of something you instantly feel an affinity with and have a flair for. This can be anything from painting amazing portraits to being naturally great at organising a group of people to work on a project. I have never met anyone who doesn't have a talent, but I've met people who aren't aware of their talent, even when others po
Motivation and CommunicationIntroductory Bit
Before I get started, I'd like to make it clear that this article is made up of my own thoughts, my own opinions. I hope that some of you read this and it sparks a little internal dialogue, but I'm not expecting that on any great level. It may spark a little external dialogue too, and that's fine. You don't have to agree with me and I would never expect everyone to agree with everything (or anything) I say. This is a collection of thoughts on a concept, a gathering of my own ideas and an act of sharing those ideas with others. There is no right and wrong. But there is motive and there is intent, and that's the perfect place to start...
Not seeking critique?
When you come across a piece of work that the artist hasn't enabled the Critique option for, do you leave a critique anyway knowing that it will not be welcomed? If so, why?
Because you feel annoyed with that artist and assume that they already think their work is perfect? Do you th

The Community Relations Team [bleed and breed art]


Community Volunteers (CVs) are part of the Community Relations team and we help out by providing you – the community – with a specific contact point in relation to galleries, chat and forums.

You’ll find us doing some or all the following:

Helping run community challenges and educational projects.

Supporting community events.

Helping moderate forums.

Being part of the team that moderate #devart and other official chatrooms.

Liaising with Moonbeam13 on community matters.

Bringing rockstar deviants to your attention via features, articles and Daily Deviations.

Check out the Community Relations team list and current vacancies

CRPhotography [the heart of photography on DA]


CRPhotography is home to the Photography Community Volunteers and the photography community on DA
:heart: :camera:

We aim to support members of our photography community in a variety of ways, through announcements, editorials, features, critique, contests, fun and games, promotion and much more!

Anyone is welcome to join us and/or watch the group, whether you're a seasoned veteran or have just started experimenting with your first camera.

Photography Newsletters

Every month, the Community Volunteers and admin crew at CRPhotography gather the awesomest photography-related news, features, conversations and useful things from around DA to share with you.

November October September August July June May April March February January

December November October September August
July June May April March February January

December November October September August
July June May April March February January

Fella [discover your creative community]


fella is here to offer a warm welcome to new members as you explore DeviantArt and find your home in our global community of artists.

Take the first steps on your DeviantArt journey and find out how to share art, browse art, join groups and make friends on DA.

ProjectEducate [share, grow and learn as artists]


projecteducate (lovingly referred to as PE) was launched in 2008 to promote and support artistic and community growth and knowledge throughout DeviantArt.

PE is a joint venture between DA Community Relations and the community. During each themed week and weekend, we bring you a new set of articles with information, resources and features from one of the many galleries on DeviantArt. We also regularly host a Community Week where anyone in the community has a chance to submit an article to share!

We pride ourselves on being a fun and educational group, and we'd love for you to join us on this adventure.

Find out about up-coming weeks and weekends

Project Educate ScheduleSchedule and Info
projecteducate was founded eight years ago by Moonbeam13 and since then has been a project run by the Community Volunteer team. The group is aimed at providing educational information for artists who want to learn about all sorts of art genres or who want to contribute their own knowledge for others to read about.
Weeks are usually allocated in seven day blocks. Community Volunteers along with members of the community will take the lead and bring you seven days of awesome in the form of articles, features, chat events, interviews and maybe even a contest or two. However, we now also host "PE Weekends" where 1-4 articles are posted from Saturday to Sunday, giving everyone the chance to bring a topic to the attention of the community, in an easier and less time-consuming manner.
The volunteers and community members will share their knowledge about various galleries on DeviantArt, the Chats and Forums communities, or other DeviantArt related educational topics. We

Deviousness Award

Deviousness Award
`TanyaSimpson's gallery is filled with striking, vibrant photography and endless inspiration. Throughout her time as a Community Volunteer, Tanya promoted positivity whilst providing constructive feedback and suggestions from the community. Tanya always goes above and beyond to provide helpful resources and tutorials, not just encouraging you to improve your creativity, but to improve your citizenship within our community too. If you are ever in need of motivation or a friendly nudge of encouragement, `TanyaSimpson should be your first deviant to visit. Congratulations, Tanya!
-awarded March 2012


:iconprojecteducate: :iconcommunityrelations: :iconcrphotography: :iconfella: :iconopheliafleurs: :icondamnhub: :iconadvisoryboard:

I'd like to do more journal features of awesome photography from around DA. What would you most like to see? 

16 deviants said Photography by people who have fewer than [number TBD] watchers or pageviews
9 deviants said Photography by people who are new to DA
8 deviants said Photos on a theme, possible asking my watchers to suggest themes or keywords
8 deviants said Photos with fewer than [number TBD] views or faves
5 deviants said Recently submitted photography
5 deviants said Pictures and information from active photography groups
4 deviants said Photos taken with low-fi and/or unusual tools, like pinhole, mobile, instant film etc
3 deviants said Photos from specific galleries
3 deviants said If you feel equally strongly about more than one option, please leave a comment with your thoughts and ideas
No deviants said If you want to see something else entirely, please leave a comment with your thoughts and ideas


TanyaSimpson has started a donation pool!
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Points gathered here will go towards prizes and subs for groups I'm in, thanky donatey miscellaneous goodness and other lovely things for lovely people.

Donations are gratefully received and kindly appreciated but never expected. I tend to buy Points for giving rather than rely on others for them but your support means a lot to me and all the Points I gather here are given back to the DA community. Thank you!

The amount of 1500 points is an arbitrary number pulled out of thin air/the ground/the back of my brain cause there was a box that asked for a number and I never say no to a box asking for something.

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Photography Newsletter: November 2018

Sat Nov 17, 2018, 12:00 AM


Welcome to November 2018's CRPhotography newsletter, a round-up of photography goodness on DA from the last month. The newsletter is divided into handy sections to help you browse photography news and features from the last month. The links with a Fella icon are official CRPhotography articles and the newsletter is illustrated with beautiful pictures featured as Daily Deviations by our photography Community Volunteers over the last month.

*** by Erasky

DD Round-Ups

:bulletred: Animals, Plants and Nature from JenFruzz

:bulletred: Fashion from Queen-Kitty

:bulletred: General Photography from Mrs-Durden and TanyaSimpson

:bulletred: The Great DD Round-Up: October 2018 from Yuukon :fella:

7126 by seppukuu

CV Articles

:bulletorange: Queen-Kitty interviews msatisfaction in this month's Catwalk Talk at CRPhotography :fella:

:bulletorange: TanyaSimpson explores recent photography arrivals on DA in Freshly Framed 06

:bulletorange: Mrs-Durden has started a new feature series involving a random word generator and a lot of awesome pictures. Check out Photography Roulette: Issue 1

:bulletorange: JenFruzz at AnimalsPlantsNature announces October's conclusion and winners

:bulletorange: Queen-Kitty continues her People and Portraits Spotlight series at devPREMIUM. Vol. 199 includes an undiscovered talent feature with MatthieuColnat

:bulletorange: Mrs-Durden features photography by everyone who wrote a critique in October's critique forum thread

0967 Tree frog by RealMantis

Features and Interviews

:bulletyellow: WillTC shares some beauty from Photography-Group in Photography-Group Highlights Vol. 02 and Vol. 03

:bulletyellow: pulbern features the work of MD-Arts, guns, vinigal123 and Filat in Photography: Conceptual, and Filipp13, Art2mys, pisequenxc and TanyaSimpson in Photography: Abstract + Surreal

:bulletyellow: adumvgh at Through-a-Lens shares general photography Daily Deviations from 22nd September - 19th October in General Photography DD Collection Vol 4, 20th - 26th October in Vol 5, 27th October - 3rd November in Vol 6, and 4th - 10th November in Vol 7

:bulletyellow: Mouselemur at AnimalsPlantsNature features epic rock formations in Our APN, Your APN: Geology

:bulletyellow: ElyneNoir takes a close look at tiny things in Small Worlds - 87

:bulletyellow: aliasvassily shares some slices of life in #17 - Street feature

:bulletyellow: Mouselemur's Fickle Friday music-inspired features continue with Bad and Love Runs Out

:bulletyellow: batmantoo at The-Yard-Collective shares some street photography for the weekend in Friday Night Specialsv10.3 and 10.4

:bulletyellow: aliasvassily features some beauty from MGreinerArt in #10 - Undiscovered talent

:bulletyellow: Yuukon at AnimalsPlantsNature takes us on a tour of the natural world in Wild Wednesday Vol. 07

:bulletyellow: pearwood features beautiful photos by Muse1908 in Naiad of the falls by Muse and David, and Nigel-Kell in One flower left,

:bulletyellow: Yuukon's Feature-Fest series continues with Fungi, Street, Wild Animals and Conceptual

:bulletyellow: Amarantheans welcomes new members to AnimalsPlantsNature in Thursday Tributes: Volume 29

:bulletyellow: FrancescaDelfino at devPREMIUM dishes up more Weekly Vitamins. #97 features roblfc1892, #98 features Inextremiss, and #99 features MikkoLagerstedt

:bulletyellow: Batsceba at Progressive-Street shares some street photography awesomeness in Progressive Saturday Night (v.208)

:bulletyellow: ElyneNoir shares the best photos she found on DA in October 2018

:buletyellow: Finnyanne has collected a beautiful selection of photos of herons

Alienation by abaloo72

Contests, Challenges and Projects

:bulletgreen: PhotographyGuide is looking for admins

:bulletgreen: It's time to get commenting in November's Comment Month event at CRPhotography :fella:

:bulletgreen: PhotographyGuide's challenge theme for this month is Sparkles

Curiouser and curiouser by DarkGothicLolita

Educational Resources and Tutorials

:bulletblue: Mouselemur at projecteducate shares a brief history of posing for photos in Smiling Doesn't Come Easily

:bulletblue: Want to learn some art history? Check out Yuukon's Photography History: Film article at projecteducate

:bulletblue: Yuukon's Photography ABCs continues with C is for Chronophotography

Exercising my right to have had enough by Peterix

Opinion, Chats and Forums

:bulletpurple: November's monthly photography critique thread in the Photography Forum is go! Check it out to give and receive critiques and get featured!

:bulletpurple: DevinShadowV is looking for opinions on an LED light system for photoshoots

:bulletpurple: delphisign would like some Los Angeles-specific advice for finding models to work with

:bulletpurple: Can you offer Erzsabet some constructive critique on landscape photography?

Placid by CypressBates

This month's newsletter contributors are Malintra-Shadowmoon, TanyaSimpson and Yuukon

You can help support photographers on DA by collecting/faving and sharing this CRPhotography newsletter to help more people find it :heart: :camera:

Skin by Dan Leveille
Photography Newsletter: November 2018
The latest features, articles, interviews, challenges, contests, resources and other photography-related awesomeness from around DA, curated with love at CRPhotography.
You can help support photographers on DA by collecting/faving and sharing this CRPhotography newsletter to help more people find it :heart: :camera:
The Direction of Time
“The increase of disorder or entropy is what distinguishes the past from the future, giving a direction to time.”
- Stephen Hawking

I extra love this quote because it's referenced in Hannibal (the book and the TV show) where Dr Lecter talks about smashing a teacup on purpose and how one day it might gather itself back together. Maybe he was just talking about the dream of something broken becoming unbroken. Maybe he was talking about the expansion and contraction of the universe and the direction of time. Maybe both.

About the photo itself, it was shot in my kitchen in almost-darkness. I would've gone for complete darkness but I was working with glass and a camera on a tripod, and I had to move around a bit, so I didn't want to destroy anything. The glass teacup and saucer were sitting on the glass flippy-down lid of the stove. The stove itself and the tiles behind it are black, so because I was using very specific and directed light sources, I was able to play with angles to make it look like the cup was floating. Or falling. Or flying.

The light came from a laser pen, originally purchased as a cat toy before I thought about the potential for its use in light painting photos. It has two settings - a very fine red point and a broader bluish-white point. I held the pen in my hand, wrapped in a black tea towel so it didn't show up in the picture, and shot with a 10 second exposure so I had plenty of time to draw with the light.

I have so many more ideas for light painting, especially combining it with vapour and smoke, and I've really missed shooting complex set-ups like this, so I'm planning more pictures already.
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lepidolitecharolette Featured By Owner 15 hours ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the llama!!
HorstSchmier Featured By Owner 4 days ago
Thank you so much for the recent DD :hug:
TanyaSimpson Featured By Owner 3 days ago
You're very welcome :hug:
Doll-Ladi Featured By Owner 6 days ago
I appreciate the fave and support of my work Tanya I like your new ID photo

Beating Heart by KmyGraphic
Artsy-Ratbit Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2018  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the llama!
Vinyosium Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Danke for the favourite, really appreciate it!
TanyaSimpson Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2018
MeFlysBySeatOfPants Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the Arrow Bullet (Green) - F2U! Arrow Bullet (Blue) - F2U! Arrow Bullet (Rainbow) - F2U! Arrow Bullet (Bright Purple) - F2U! Arrow Bullet (Purple) - F2U! Arrow Bullet (Rainbow) - F2U! Arrow Bullet (Dark Blue) - F2U! Arrow Bullet (Red-Orange) - F2U! Faves!  Arrow Right Arrow Right Arrow Right Arrow Right Arrow Right Arrow Through Heart Emoji  
JACAC Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2018
t h a n k . y o u . Tanya . =)=)
kleinerteddy Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
     ..  Happy Bouncer   .. thank you !!! 
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