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Torn – Heartache Photoshoot

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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.

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20 thoughts on “Torn – Heartache Photoshoot

  1. Oh my god! Dano, in my humble opinion, this is your best stuff to date! Absolutely stunning how you captured the rawness of it all while maintaining such soft imagery. Your capacity as a photographer and your seemingly endless depth of creativity astounds me. You are a true inspiration my friend! I have the utmost respect for you and your capacity as a top notch photographer! Respect!!

    – Ste. Anne Dan

    1. Thanks Dan, we both felt that this was an opportunity to explore those feelings in a way that most people don’t have a chance to. Thanks also for your compliments and support!

    1. lots of heart wrenching images in this series (lots that we decided not to go with)…not sure what to do with them all…

      Thanks for commenting, I appreciate it!

  2. Beautiful, raw and powerful images. Going through something similar, myself, I can see where this would be very cathartic for the two of you and the images that you’ve created are stunning.

    Much love to you both!

  3. so hauntingly beautiful. I feel the despair and lonliness through these images. yet there seems to be a gentle calmness. amazing photos. thank you for having the creativity and courage to share such intimate emotion

    1. It was difficult for sure, but helpful and we did get some real and beautiful images from it…thank you for taking the time to comment!

  4. These pictures are beautiful, stunning and so powerful. Raw and full of emotion…they made me tear up and I don’t cry easily. I think this a beautiful way to work thru all the emotions that comes with a break up, it’s so honest and pure. This must have been very hard for you both to share, but I think it’s very courageous.
    Wishing you both nothing but the best in the future.
    xo, Jackie

  5. Hey thanks for the likes and follow on Instagram, been viewing your photos are they are amazing 🙂

  6. This project is beautiful! Very moving. A perfect way to make a beautiful something out of a sad situation while still maintaining the mood and the message!

    1. Thanks so much Chelsie! I appreciate you took the time to comment…time moves on.

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