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Artist Statement

As a photographer I am blessed with a "SUPERPOWER" of sorts (Anyone who knows about me and my superhero obsession is not surprised by this characterization.) -

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 try to 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 in a 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 my mark in the minds and hearts of their viewers.


I have always had an appreciation for photography especially black and white images. However, I probably would never have picked up a camera if it were not for my nephew. I ventured into photography in 2013 when he refused to do his high school senior yearbook portraits unless I photographed him. My background is in graphic design. I had no previous photography experience yet, he was convinced that I could do it. He said: “You can do it! I have faith in you. I’m telling you, you’ve got this auntie.” I did not want to disappoint my nephew so I did some research on portrait shooting, borrowed a co-worker’s camera, took him to a local park and captured his portraits. The rest as they say is history...

In 2018, I began my career as a fine artist under the kind, patient and loving expert tutelage of Martha Tepper Takayama (affectionately known as my "fine art mom") of Tepper Takayama Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts. With Martha's guidance, my fine art photographs have been featured in several publications and in numerous art shows, contests, and exhibitions throughout the United States and around the world.

Sonya Tanae Fort
Award-winning, internationally exhibited
and published fine art photographer

Exhibitions & Publication

Sonya Tanae Fort's photographs have been featured in several publications and in numerous art contests, shows, exhibitions and museums throughout the United States and around the world.



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