Hi i'm Zannah! I have been on deviant art off an on for many years under different names but finally decided to start sharing here.
I am a storyteller.
Any way I can find to speak through allegory I will. Though I have always been a writer first and foremost, my focus has lately been in fine art and fantasy photography. I tend to shift every few years to a different medium. Throughout my life I have worked in sculpture, large scale production, filmmaking, graphic arts, and mixed media as well.
I find inspiration mainly in nature and in the human spirit. I read constantly, often times my favorite tangible things in the world are books that I consider part of my daily reality, like living beings or people. Because of my wide variety of interests in this amazing place we call earth I consider myself a fantasy artist, as I have trouble defining myself as anything else. My work is entirely based around my imagination and what worlds I may create. As for my daily life and process I am always shifting from one place to another, and my work tends to reflect my current “studying” as I often times muse over a story in my head or a set of images I want to create for viewers. I feel extremely connected to the inner workings of things; people, animals, and causes I undertake. This drives my life and work, as I am always trying to write, create, and speak for what I feel passionately about, or what I feel needs to be said... I also tend to focus my life around philosophical thoughts, scientific processes, paleontology, sociology, biological/zoological science and archeology…I also enjoy breaking down things and putting them back together in my head. I love “behind the scenes” and building things. I am a bit of an engineer and often sew my own costumes and do all of my own set design in my photos.
I hope you enjoy my account, and please say hi so that I can follow you back!
I will not eat a bite.
Our hearts intertwined in promises and memories.
We destroyed the heirlooms and the keepsakes long ago…
Why must they sit on the shelves in pieces?
Growing dust and decay….
I used to be kind
intelligent, and strong willed.
and then I met you,
and you stole the combustion from my psyche.
And I defied, and lasted only moments…
and into a deep sleep that stirred the shallow pool I had become
and made me surface often, unhappily.
it took years and years of digging deep into myself to create that depth again
and to slowly fill it with hope and love, wisdom.
to fill it will belief in myself and not in you
and soon I was drowning in the depth of that place
and I was born again in that darkness,
drinking it all in and regenerating my spirit
here I am again, anew.
This creature born from the depths of bane
no longer the victim of your malice
returning from that abyss
to bring upon only revenge
you starve, as I starve
you will not eat a bite
Our hearts intertwined in promises and memories
may you sleep soundly tonight
-Zannah Danae (me) 2008"
“The best thing for being sad,” replied Merlin, beginning to puff and blow, “is to learn something. That’s the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honour trampled in the sewers of baser minds. There is only one thing for it then — to learn. Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting. Learning is the only thing for you. Look what a lot of things there are to learn.”
― T.H. White, The Once and Future King
I did this photo in January of 2016, after a grueling 2 week study furthering my photoshop skills. This was my first true composite in which the bear was a stock image I purchased. I've never really been on that level before and it was intimidating to do so... It's not 100% at the level I would have liked but I have grown massively since this first picture as a person, self-portrait artist, and as a photographer, I wrote a journal entry to go with the picture:
"As a child I was obsessed with Narnia, and always wanted to transport myself to a world in which animals talked and went on adventures with me. This has become a theme in my photography and art....Here I am with my new friend in the forest. What a random idea this was, and such a challenge. I have been learning so much lately…Though this is not one of my best I have grown immensely. I can’t believe the point i’m getting to with being able to convert ideas in my head to realities. More practice pictures to come." Jan 5, 16.