Tamara Dean

For as long as I can remember I have yearned to be in nature. When I enter a forest I feel as though I have come home. This deep love of nature informs my life and my art practise.
I am an Australian photographic artist working in the fields of photography and experiential installation.

I have been exhibiting for a decade and am represented by Martin Browne Contemporary in Australia and JHB Gallery, NYC. My work explores the relationship between humans and the natural world. I delve into the informal rites of passage that young people seek out in nature and create symbolic images and experiences which aim to bridge the separateness that we as humans create between us and nature.

I am a selected artist for the 2018 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, and have won numerous awards including first prize in the 2013 New York Photo Awards – Fine Art series category with my series ‘The Edge’. My work is held in public and private collections both nationally and internationally.


Instinctual explores the relationship between humans and the natural world and the role of instinct in our contemporary lives. The sense of upper-world and underworld within these works is representative of consciousness and the subconscious. The absence of clothing and natural setting is designed to symbolise a universal sense of humanity and our inherent animalism. An acknowledgment that we are indeed a part of nature.

To view more of Tamara’s work please visit her website.