Un*Natural States by Michael Tanji


Un*Natural States
by Michael Tanji
April 2 - May 5, 2022
Zoom Talk April 10, 2022 5:30pm HST, Zoom ID 808 597 8733

We are excited to showcase portraits by cinematographer Michael Tanji who is born & raised on Oahu.  His portraits were shot on various films, including Polaroid/Fujifilm pack film.  Photographs will be up in shop thru May 5, 2022.  Please visit the shop to see these original photographs up close.

There will be a Photographers Zoom Talk on Sunday, April 10, 5:30pm HST.  The Photographer's Zoom Talk is moderated by Dru Hara.  Please join us as they will be discussing their photographs & shooting with film.  They will also be doing a Q&A.  Zoom Talk ID 808 597 8733.

Artist Statement:
"Un*Natural States" is a series of portraits that capture women in their natural states while trying to convey them under Unnatural circumstances.
Artist Bio:
Michael Tanji is a cinematographer & film photographer born & raised on the island of Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi. He has garnered a reputation & unique visual aesthetic through the way he captures shadows, light, and the modern subject. Originally with a background in fashion filmmaking, Michael has recently expanded his capturing of images into the music video & narrative filmmaking genres. In 2021, Michael received the Special Jury Award for Cinematography at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival for both Narrative shorts "River of Small Gods" & "Hawaiian Soul". Juror Mallorie Ortega said: “From the textured and quiet photography in River of Small Gods, to the historical mood captured in Hawaiian Soul, Michael Tanji’s work invites the audience for a closer look at the beauty of Hawaii.” Michael currently resides in Los Angeles, CA and hopes to continue collaborating with fellow talented filmmakers & creatives.