About Tawna Brown

Tawna Brown in seal parka

Photographer – Writer – Traveler – Wine Lover – Dreamer

I am a freelance travel photographer and writer based in Canada’s western Arctic, in the capital city of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories – my birthplace. In addition to travel photography, I also focus on fine art, editorial and industrial photography.

Traveling

While Yellowknife is my “home base”, I like to think that I LIVE IN THE WORLD. The remoteness of our home base (north of the 60th parallel) never stopped my parents from taking the family on vacations. I am forever grateful to them for that (and for so many other things- like raising me!) To this day, if I’m not traveling, I’m either thinking about or planning my next trip or processing photos.

I have an insatiable appetite for traveling – for the sense of adventure, newness, and the unknown that traveling brings. Combine that with the creative process of photography and you have a winning recipe for the senses. My greatest adventure will begin in 2015 when I will embark on a “year off” and will travel the world to wherever my heart and camera desires. If you want to join me on my visual journeys, or keep up to date on my photographic works, be sure to subscribe to my BLOG.

Photography

I am a self-taught photographer and am constantly learning from various sources – photographers, workshops, books, and websites. It is a never-ending journey of learning, discovery and creation. While I started off with a film camera as a kid, I was the first in my family to go digital. Since then, I’ve upgraded several times; I went from a small point and shoot camera to a pro-DSLR (Canon 5D Mark III).

In my photography, I like to capture a sense of “place,” so that through my images I can transport people to where I’ve been. I look at the world as a one giant never-ending photographic opportunity. It doesn’t matter where I am, it could be at the garbage dump or in the most beautiful Tuscan hillside town. I see beauty and interesting things everywhere. I notice the two pigeons in love on the park bench; the early morning dew on the edge of a flower petal; the shadows of trees casted on the snow mounds; the reflections in my wine glass. I often notice what is unnoticeable to many and I like to share that beauty with others.

I shoot in RAW format; this means that every single photo needs to be processed afterwards (like a negative in a darkroom) in order to “finalize” it and turn it into a jpg file. For me, this is when my creative juices really get moving and this is my favorite part of the process of creating an image. You could lock me up in a house for days, and as long as I had my files and tools to work with, I’d be a happy camper! (You could throw some red wine in there too and I’d be set!) Artists have this thing called a “creative license”, and they can do whatever they want with their creativity – the sky is the limit. And that’s what I love about photography.

In 2010 I began selling my work at local arts sales and have since expanded to retail outlets and an online presence (for fine-art photography). Some of my fine-art photographic works (canvas prints) can be viewed and purchased at this E-GALLERY.

I am a member of the International Travel Writers Alliance (ITWA)International Travel Writers and Photographers Alliance (ITWPA) and a registered artist in the NWT Arts Program.

I LIVE IN THE WORLD, not just in one place. I am always on the go. There is always somewhere to go, something to see, someone to visit, something to do; and as long as I’m alive and able, I don’t think I will ever stop this journey. You can join me on my journeys by following my BLOG; it will be good to have some company! I also welcome comments and feedback on any of my work.

“Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand ­ and melting like a snowflake. Let us use it before it is too late.” – Marie Beyon Ray

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