Torn – Heartache Photoshoot

Nothing worth anything comes easily. Style Hunter Fox and I have had a pretty public romantic relationship…unfortunately the time has come for us to put that aside and find the way to remain each other’s best friend. We’ve been finding the way for the past month, will continue to support each other, and definitely will go out for events together. How could we not, after all, having so much in common?

Why things couldn’t work out is personal, but it isn’t anyone’s fault. When you love someone you want them to be happy even if it means a change to the relationship.

DanoTanaka and Style Hunter Fox - Torn Photo Series
This photoshoot was the idea of Style Hunter Fox the day after the break up. Heartbreak and depression are themes we hadn’t explored before. Coincidentally, I had just questioned if I could continue to do photography, and continue to be a photographer in Winnipeg. So, with a chuckle that she knows me so well, we planned to shoot that night.

These photos reflect the anguish, depression, fear of being alone, strength, hope, calmness, and love that we have. Holding on to the idea that we will remain best friends has been a tough, but important, factor in healing and moving together in this new direction. Usually I like to make clean, 100% properly posed images…this set is raw and not choreographed. It has a disjointed feel but it’s not suppose to be a pretty photoshoot. Shot with an auto-timer, or we took turns hitting the shutter, the hardest thing for us to do in this shoot was to not offer comfort to each other during the process and capture the raw emotions we were both feeling.

DanoTanaka and Style Hunter Fox - Torn Photo Series

People might ask, “Who does a break up photoshoot?! Who does this nude?!” Well…we do! It’s what we do, and how we best communicate thoughts and feelings, through art. This is raw, real, and has helped us work out our demons to make us closer…even in friendship.