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About me

Hi, I'm Tanya


DA Community Volunteer
General Photography

Writer. Photographer. Witch.

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.


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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.

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

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

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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


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Where else can you be found in the vast caverns of internetland? 

17 deviants said Obvs DA is the bestest :heart:
8 deviants said Leave links to your social media places and/or blogs :boogie:
5 deviants said No need to post explanations of why you don't use or like other social media platforms :yawn:
2 deviants said Follow each other and share your awesomeness! :highfive:


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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 2000 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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He’s a mountain with a funeral smile, fingers made for pulling triggers and the kind of face people should remember, but no-one ever does. He knows how to be invisible when it suits him. Being seen is a hell of a thing to give up, but he has his reasons. Don’t we all?

I followed him to work one night and he was so elegant, so efficient about it. There was no reluctance, not anymore. There was nothing at all. He just did it, like breathing. Something in the tension of his forearms, in the veins in the backs of his hands, made me stop in my tracks and everything slowed down. Maybe no-one else noticed, but he did. I know he did. I felt it.

Honestly, this is not how I thought he was going to turn out. I mean, I knew what he was getting into when he stayed. So did he. But this full-circle cliché? This, I did not expect. At least he still has that face. It would be a tragedy if anything happened to that.

So he does what he does and sometimes I find him, but he never acknowledges it first. Or at least he hasn’t before and I don’t feel like tonight’s going to be any different. It’s just how we’ve been, wandering wide circles around each other, trailing fingertips softly along boundaries. Respectful. Occasional. Things get shaky when we don’t keep enough distance, but it is what it is. What we are.

And now, here. “Oh, sweetness, not even a drop of blood on the ground these days. You’ve become quite the professional.”

He doesn’t turn towards me yet but we can see each other in the sweating mirrored wall behind the bar. “Yeah, and you’re still turning up in places you’re not meant to be.”

“You’re starting to sound like him.”


“Whatever he’s calling himself these days.” I drink.

So does he. Delaying. “You get too close. You’re too close now, Chase.”

“So move, Noah.” I stare at him in the mirror and our reflections cut through the grease of strangers’ fingerprints, all those smudged identities, dispensing pints of comfort and shots of courage, knowing when to look away.

He stares back, full force, and someone at the table behind us clutches their chest for an irregular heartbeat until the pain subsides. “I was here first.”

“But you’re the one it bothers. I’m fine with it.”

Outside, both sets of traffic lights turn green at the same time and the only two vehicles at the junction collide in a place they weren’t supposed to occupy simultaneously. People panic. We don’t. He turns to face me now. No words needed. And my god, he is a sculpture.

I give in to what he wants though, because of course I do. Getting up to leave, I pause, just for a moment, just for long enough to touch him. A few feet away, a glass falls from the bar.

He almost leans into my hand, almost, but he blinks the impulse away. “Why now?”

“Because I had a dream about you, gorgeous. Something about the ocean and your arms. I don’t remember what, but you were beautiful and it made me need you. You are, I mean. And I do. Still.”

He looks me up and down, an icy sliver slicing the space between us. “It’s pointless though.”

“What is?”

“This. You finding me. Us being here, being anywhere, together. You can’t stay and as soon as you leave, I forget again.”

“But as soon as I come back, you remember.”

There’s a tender stillness, a blessed inertia, as we watch each other. Again, he tries to make himself remember something he’ll inevitably forget. Again, I try to believe that this time, he’ll manage it. We both know we’re lying to ourselves, but we let it happen. If I try hard enough, I can make this last. I can stretch it out almost enough to get us through the unavoidable loss that always follows. He knows what I’m doing and he stops me from doing it. Again.

“I’m sorry, Time.” He bows his head away from me so I don’t even get to see how my true name looks in his eyes.

My fingers hang in the air where they rested against his face a fraction of a second ago. Maybe we both deserve recognition. It’s a cold gift, but it’s a gift all the same. “Me too, Death.”

Across the bar, the glass hits the floor.
A mountain with a funeral smile
This is a sequel of sorts to The latest becoming of Death, set a few years later. It’ll make a lot more sense if you read that one first. I’m not sure where things are headed with these two characters, or rather I know exactly where they’re headed but I’m not sure how they’ll get there. No doubt they’ll let me know and I’ll write it down.
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Tue Jan 15, 2019, 12:00 AM

Hi there!

Deviously Mature is a monthly feature series showcasing Mature Content creators and their photography across DeviantArt. A selection of CRPhotography admins will be posting it in rotation, so be sure to devwatch the group so you don't miss future issues.

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House of colors `12 by Who-Is-Chill

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Autumn Sensuality by ArtofdanPhotography
R.I.P. #Tumblr by andreajamesbramley
Maria by art0fCK Kate by photoport My Hot Neighbour by terribletoxicboy nude I by hapismile
* by Dororo4

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Lean Bunns by karl-royce

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Just Like Before by usagicassidy

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BURN UP by UFPhotography

#2ND_ROOM by MaxKylePhotography 
mystery by davidvelezfotografia

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121012_D01_236 by Robert-James

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Jay-4-096 by Finexposure

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black and white 1... by zakharova

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Dream Sequence by vishstudio

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contralight 23 by Ewoud57

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Nicolo by DanOstergren

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Dunamis - Chase 2 by CPJPhoto

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Andrei is a Russian photographer who posts beautiful artistic portraits with intriguing poses, wonderful lighting and striking models.

Everything That You Are by vishstudio

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Dont Tie Me Down by vishstudio

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Sins Of The Flesh by vishstudio

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Happy Hunting by vishstudio

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Liquid Silent Dreams by vishstudio

What Dreams Forebode by vishstudio

Stay tuned for the next feature!

Skin by Dan Leveille
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I just had a hunt through the user-created emoticon gallery and no-one has ever made a squirm emote. Since we're basically a community of anxious creatives who don't know how to respond to positive attention (or am I just projecting?!), there should be thousands of squirm emotes to chose from.
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