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[lives & works - Brockton, MA ::: b. – Brockton, MA]

 

SONYA TANAE FORT has always had an appreciation for photography, especially black and white images. However, she probably would never have picked up a camera if it were not for her nephew Jo’Rai. Sonya ventured into photography in 2013 when her nephew refused to have his high school senior yearbook portraits taken unless she agreed to be his photographer. Sonya's background is in graphic and web design. Even though she had no photography experience at the time, her nephew was convinced that she could do it. “You can do it! I have faith in you. I’m telling you, you’ve got this auntie,” were the words that her nephew encouragingly spoke to her. Not wanting to disappoint, she did some research on portrait shooting, borrowed a co-worker’s camera, took him to a local park, and captured his portraits. Sonya was pleasantly surprised by the results but Jo’Rai was not. He said, “See, I knew you had it in you.” The rest, as they say, is history...

 

Shortly thereafter, Sonya Tanae Fort purchased her own camera and began practicing on family and friends. She spent the next few years absorbing everything she could about photography from various sources including other photographers who were gracious enough to share their decades of knowledge and experience with her. In July of 2017, she opened S. Tanae Designs & Photography, her own graphic design and photography studio located in Stoughton, Massachusetts. In addition to commercial photography, Sonya enjoys capturing fine art images. In 2018, she became a member of the Professional Photographers of America (PPA). 

 

Of her photography, the artist says...

 

As a photographer, I am blessed with the ability to suspend and memorialize moments in time. Those moments then become part of history so I strive to capture the very essence of each sentient being, inanimate object, or landscape that I photograph. I tell their stories in the form of images. My portraits are a glimpse into the subject’s personality and the raw emotion that they are feeling at that particular moment. With my still life photos, I try to convey how the mundane and ordinary can become something unique and extraordinary from my perspective. Landscape and wildlife photography allows me to express my love and appreciation for the beauty and wonderment of creation. In all genres of photography, my mission is to create timeless, thought-provoking photographs that I hope will leave an indelible legacy around the world.

CURRICULUM VITAE

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EDUCATION

Graphic and Web Design Certification

Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater, MA

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2020        Expectant Reflections – Fine Art Exhibition

                Blank Wall Gallery, Athens, Greece.

                Fire & Ice In Black & White – Fire & Ice Exhibition

                Vancouver Art Space, Washington, USA.

                First Dance – 3rd Annual Chania International Photo Festival

                Chania, Crete, Greece.

                A Room With A View – Your Best Shot

                Blank Wall Gallery, Athens, Greece.

                I’ll Always Support You – Aging Well For All

                National Council on Aging, Online Exhibition.

                Together Forever – Aging Well For All

                National Council on Aging, Online Exhibition.

                Life On The Vineyard – Street Photography Exhibition

                Blank Wall Gallery, Athens, Greece.

                Hazardous – QUARANTINE: Daily Life • Global Crisis International Photo Exhibition

                Praxis Photo Arts Center, Online Exhibition.

                Lady In Red – Red Exhibition

                Blank Wall Gallery, Athens, Greece.

                A Room With A View – Monochrome Exhibition

                Blank Wall Gallery, Athens, Greece.

                Double Vision – Introspective Matter Exhibition

                LA Photo Curator, Online Exhibition.

                Exit Stage Left – Introspective Matter Exhibition

                LA Photo Curator, Online Exhibition.

                The Knob – Introspective Matter Exhibition

                LA Photo Curator, Online Exhibition.

                First Dance – The Audacity of Hope Exhibition

                New England School of Photography, Waltham, MA.

                Jubilation – Blanche Ames National Juried Art Exhibition

2019         Ames Mansion, N. Easton, MA.

                Life On The Vineyard – Blanche Ames National Juried Art Exhibition

2018        Ames Mansion, N. Easton, MA.

 

PERMANENT INSTALLATIONS

A Room With A View – Yotel NYC, New York City, NY 

Life On The Vineyard – Biscuits Restaurant, Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard, MA