Tracey Tomtene grew up and has lived in various parts of Western Canada and has also made temporary homes abroad in the UK and New Zealand. Although she studied business in university, it was a black and white darkroom photography course that would reveal her craft.
After working in the corporate world for several years, she finally began her journey as a full time photographer by quitting her day job as a Communications Manager and traveling through SE Asia and NZ. Since her return, she has continued to shoot wedding, portrait, commercial, street and travel photography, developing a prolific style in her imagery that captivates and evokes emotion.
She hand transfers much of her travel imagery onto sustainable wood blocks and into jewelry settings which can be found at local art markets and boutiques in Vancouver and online (www.huggerofseas.com).
When she isn’t photographing or makin’ stuff, she is torturing herself in a Bikram yoga studio, getting her toes salty along one of Vancouver’s magnificent coastlines or visiting far off lands (where she feels most at home).
'I believe that there is art in every living moment even those that appear prosaic or mundane. I never cease to be amazed by the honesty of the human spirit, spontaneous moments balanced by a quiet affinity and the profundity to be found in even the most fleeting, everyday occurrence. To me, it is all iconic and extraordinary, worth capturing and immortalizing.'
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