Born in Chicago in 1983, Danielle Musashi Tanimura is a hapa yonsei queer trans Photomancer of Japanese and Bohemian Jewish ancestry. Her passion for history, photography and graphic design combine to create a reflection of a spiritual world at war for identity and deliverance.
“Occupied: the Art of War” (2005-2011) takes a look into the dark world of post-war Japan. Danielle’s family both lived through the desert of American Internment and died in the bombing of Hiroshima. Using an amalgam of modern photographs taken while in Japan, family documents/photos, and publicly-available images, she creates a time-traveling digital collision of a world at war.
“Apocalypto-Nouveau” (2011-2012) dives into the trenches and returns with a glimpse of the future – combining photography with classic nouveau imagery to create the broken landscape of the Great War. A dance at the of brink of oblivion. Enjoy yourself, it’s later than you think…
“Song of Sorrow” (2013-2014 ) charges into realm of fantasy and style of the Pre-Raphaelites in an exploration of a world at the brink of modernity.
“Black Rain” (2015-2016) Welcome to the end of the line: lonesome sprawling mega-cities draped in 80’s neon cyber-gutterpunk divinity.
“Alchemy of Night” (2016- ) Neural Network portraiture of a world on fire.
“Fan Art” because Danielle is an unapologetic geek.
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New Half – Gender is a journey; identity an act of radical self-love.
Palliativity ‡ The Pain Diary – A recording of the daily struggles and triumphs while caught in the tempest of severe chronic pain caused by cervical facet syndrome. My long medical history in pain management is documented and pondered through blogging my unorthodox and continuously evolving treatment; a journey thru self-love and acceptance as a spoonie.
The journal is punctuated by the many wondrous and staggering things in this world that fascinate me and helped make my life better despite the pain. Spoiler alert: it even has a happy ending 🙂 Read about my life changing breakthrough in treatment here.