About Tanis Justice

I am a photographer and writer. I have worked in almost every industry along the way. I shoot with a variety of both film (SLR and medium format) and digital (DSLR) cameras. I own Studio A Photography in Vancouver, WA. I do most of my work in Portland, OR.

Locked in his closet

He keeps her hidden in a closet

Ashamed of the woman she is

Ashamed his family will see

How she shines

He owns her heart and mistreats her spirits

He takes for granted all the beautiful things she becomes

and she becomes so many

Each soul a new voice

When she wakes she pauses to light her cigarette

Slowly she takes a drag as she looks in the mirror

but which face does she see?

Each face a new smile

She shines like a million stars

Falling from a dark heaven

Burning out on the bullshit he feeds her

He doesn’t love her, he want to own her

He keeps her from loving

Where love is found

Love also passes by

He laughs at her losses

Keeping her hidden in a closet

Where he secretly laughs

While she searches for truth

As she walks slowly on the ocean gathering the lost children of the Ent



The music is loud

but beautiful

Hozier’s voice carries my memory across the stars

and back to that one happy moment with you

I know it’s you I see



not with him

Never with him

He just sits there

His gaze unapproving

He doesn’t even smile while your happiness glows

and you are glowing like the sun

I remember


In perfect detail

Your head in my lap

Beer in hand

the music was playing soft and quiet so we could talk

but we never talked

Our lips were busy

but we never talked

So long ago

So many days have past since I’ve seen you

Really seen you

and now from across the room there you are



but not with me

I know it’s for me though

Out of Eden was playing then too

I see that memory in your smile

I feel it too

So long ago

I’m much happier now without you

but you’ll always be in my memory

and out of my life


(for Sasha)

That wasn’t my journey

This is not my journey, he said

Not where I’m supposed to be
Where I belong…

Walking nights


Unfathomable comfort in not knowing

yet uncomfortable enough to admit he knows

the truth

Surrendering to the gravity of where he belongs

but where? That’s still the question

It just isn’t here

Not in this time and space

Maybe nowhere in this lifetime

Maybe tomorrow
but not now

I need to keep myself away

from you

I need to keep you away

from me

I need to keep myself away


away from myself


Who am I?

No self

Where do I belong?

No where

I am here.

Here is where I belong

As for who I am?

I am always the second choice.

The option she never chooses.

She never will

This is not my journey, he said

Not where I’m supposed to be
Where I belong…

I belong nowhere

to no one

on the edge of the rings of Saturn

in the heart of the moon

Walking in the memories of another life

That wasn’t my journey


Photo by the beautiful Trisha Gates

Without You


Falling hard




My soul

My soul cries out

To you





You are so cold

Your soul


So empty

Your soul cries out

to me

to my soul

I can not hear you

I don’t want to hear you

I won’t hear you


Our connection is broken

You’ve damaged us


too much

too far

So far gone

So far away

So far

away from me

away from what we were

and we’ll never return

Twitter and Instagram: @tanisjustice

And my soul is better off without you…


Smile, to think of you…

We could walk together

One thousand lifetimes

Holding hands

Sharing that same smile

and you’ll always return

To the one who has hurt you

Countless times

Continue on your journey, my dearest

Be happy

… if you can

I’ll always smile

to think of you…


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