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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.

I'm a deeply passionate advocate for creative living. 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: :icontanyasimonesimpson:

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 and 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.

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:

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

14 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


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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: October 2018

Sat Oct 20, 2018, 12:00 AM


Welcome to October 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.

Light, all the way back by katia-iva

DD Round-Ups

:bulletred: Abstract & Surreal from JustACapharnaum

:bulletred: Animals, Plants and Nature from JenFruzz

:bulletred: Cosplay from pullingcandy

:bulletred: Fashion from Queen-Kitty

:bulletred: General Photography from Mrs-Durden and TanyaSimpson

:bulletred: Macro from JustACapharnaum

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

Night by photonutz

CV Articles

:bulletorange: BloodyWing celebrates the contributions of out outgoing pin-up and glamour CV, DistortedSmile (and Emma says goodbye and thanks!)

:bulletorange: TanyaSimpson features some gorgeous recent photography submissions to DA in Freshly Framed 03 and 04

:bulletorange: Mrs-Durden shares the winners of the 30 Day Photo Challenge

:bulletorange: In this month's Catwalk Talk, Queen-Kitty interviews fashion photographer GretheFenyx :fella:

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

:bulletorange: JustACapharnaum features amazing photos you might not have seen yet in Hidden Gems #4 :fella:

:bulletorange: BloodyWing continues his Pin-Up and Glamour Spotlight series. Check out number 3.

:bulletorange: Mrs-Durden shares more ABCs of Photography with some architecture in B is for...Buildings

:bulletorange: Queen-Kitty continues her People and Portraits Spotlight series at devPREMIUM with Vol. 198 including an undiscovered talent feature with lesyakikh

Lisbon 153 by JACAC

Features and Interviews

:bulletyellow: CapnDeek373 features beauty from above in Look! Up in the sky! Part 3

:bulletyellow: Amarantheans at AnimalsPlantsNature introduces Acerbical in The APN Corner: Vol 7 and Jorgipie in Vol 8

:bulletyellow: iPhotograph's Photo Friday features continue with Edition #25 - Food

:bulletyellow: AnimalsPlantsNature's Artists of APN this month are corniger-aries interviewed by Mouselemur, SvenMueller interviewed by Yuukon, roisabborrar interviewed by Mouselemur, and CarlaSophia interviewed by Mouselemur

:bulletyellow: aliasvassily features Laazeri in Undiscovered Talent

:bulletyellow: ElyneNoir features beautiful square photographs

:bulletyellow: FrancescaDelfino dishes out more Weekly Vitamins! #91 features OlivierAccart, #92 features Vitaly-Sokol, #93 features JulianRad, #94 features FlexDreams, #95 features JonhyBlaze, and #96 features jacekson

:bulletyellow: adumvgh at Through-a-Lens shares recent general photography Daily Deviations in Vol. 2: 8th-14th September and Vol. 3: 15th-21st September,

:bulletyellow: Some of AnthonyPresley's stunning photos taken in Japan were featured in an article on Bored Panda

:bulletyellow: Yuukon's Feature-Fest articles continue with Vol. 152: Portraits, Vol. 153: Glamour Portraits, Vol. 154: Urban and Rural, Vol. 155: Cosplay, and Vol. 156: Waterscapes

:bulletyellow: Amarantheans welcomes new members to AnimalsPlantsNature with Thursday Tributes Volume 28

:bulletyellow: freMDart at devPREMIUM features beautiful buildings and places in Architecture, Urban and Rural Spotlight Vol. 132, which includes an undiscovered talent feature with kevinsaintgrey

:bulletyellow: batmantoo at @theyardcollective features awesome street photography in Friday Night Specials v9.3

:bulletyellow: Aylishliane12 made her first photography feature

:bulletyellow: hosagu features some slices of life in Street Photography VIII.I

:bulletyellow: pulbern features the work of ScreamingColorArt, AntonioGouveia, Inextremiss and jlxp in Photography: Abstract + Surreal; and TarJakArt, AnthonyPresley, JustinDeRosa and ajonsaas in Photography: Architecture

:bulletyellow: Can't get enough street photography? Don't miss Batsceba's Progressive Saturday Night v.204 at Progressive-Street

:bulletyellow: Enjoy some music with your photography? Mouselemur's Fickle Fridays are inspired by Beck's song, Morning and Cold by the Editors

:bulletyellow: Don't miss aliasvassily's themed photography features this month! #12 - People and Portraits, and Nature, #13 - Duo, #14 - Black and White, #15 - Architecture, and #16 - Warm

:bulletyellow: Mouselemur at AnimalsPlantsNature shares some gorgeous natural places in Our APN, Your APN: Landscapes

:bulletyellow: WillTC features some highlights from Photography-Group

:bulletyellow: Yuukon at AnimalsPlantsNature features loveliness from the natural world in Wild Wednesday Vol. 06

:bulletyellow: GeorgieDeeArt at PhotoUnited interviews LDFranklin and WillTC about adminning photography groups in Your Community Leaders

:bulletyellow: Canankk features fascinating moments united by shape in Square Street

:bulletyellow: Endorell-Taelos takes a voyage to the unknown and explores performing arts photography

:bulletyellow: caddman features some of his favourite photographers in Showcase my friends 38

:bulletyellow: aliasvassily promotes photographers to check out in Undiscovered Talent. See Laazeri in #5, 3DBlasphemy in #6, raido-ehwaz in #7, and EintoeRn in #8

:bulletyellow: brennennn interviews JustACapharnaum in Meet Your CV

Maleficent by Kosataya

Contests, Challenges and Projects

:bulletgreen: Mrs-Durden and TanyaSimpson are hosting a horror photography contest with a twist. Even (especially) if you're completely new to horror photography, or photography in general, check out The Last Photograph

:bullegreen: BloodyWing is hosting an Addams Family themed pin-up contest for Halloween!

:bulletgreen: Yuukon at PhotographyGuide announces the GREEN photography challenge

:bulletgreen: Check out Comment Month's September round-up and October's invitation to comment here at CRPhotography :fella:

Kiwanda Reflections by ChadRouthier

Educational Resources and Tutorials

:bulletblue: brennennn at projecteducate shares some helpful advice about how to get exposure on DA

:bulletblue: Gejda at projecteducate shares some useful information about mature content on DA

:bulletblue: Yuukon continues her take on Photography ABCs with B is for Bokeh & Box Cameras

Pink Afternoon by bwaworga

Opinion, Chats and Forums

:bulletpurple: Join in October's monthly photography critique project in the Photography forum to give and receive critique and get featured!

:bulletpurple: tmkahz invites you to talk about your photography style

:bulletpurple: daughteralsia is looking for some advice about analog photography

Beware of darkness by dfm63

This month's newsletter contributors are aliasvassily, GeorgieDeeArt, 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: October 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:
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katia-iva Featured By Owner 1 day ago   Photographer
Thank you very much for the DD! :hug: :heart: It made me so happy this morning.
TanyaSimpson Featured By Owner 6 hours ago
You're very welcome! It's a really wonderful photo :hug:
LidiaVives Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Professional Photographer
thx for the fav!! :) <3

Woman II by LidiaVives
Catman555 Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you for the llama :)
TanyaSimpson Featured By Owner 2 days ago
Phioai Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks for the llama!
CapnDeek373 Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Professional General Artist
SteveCampbell Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2018
Thank you so much for the DD, Tanya!
TanyaSimpson Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2018
You're very welcome! Infrared photography always feels so magical to me, so I love being able to share great examples of it with the wider community :aww:
OrchidsAddiction Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2018
Thank you so much for the Llama,you have a nice gallery too :)
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