About Tanya

In heading down my photographic career path, I had to take a lot of strange art classes that gave me an excuse to make strange art, and get strange, wonderful marks for these creations.

I started my education in the New Media program at the University of Lethbridge, breaking my high school math teacher's heart. I soon found that staying up till 4am working on projects and doing 3D animation wasn't what I was meant to do, so instead I went into photography, breaking my video instructor's heart. I graduated with a BFA (Multidisciplinary) with Great Distinction, which was essentially a "photography degree" that I created as the school had no such thing and I didn't want to start a brand new degree somewhere else, because boy I hate school.

About This Site

This website is a collection (or mish-mash) of my artistic endeavours. It is a place to display photography collections, concert images, and all of my artwork. Aside from photographs, the majority of this work was created while I attended the University of Lethbridge. Frankly, I never wanted to be an "artist" so most of my time now is spent on the commercial side of photography - hence no recent artwork.

In a way, this website is the reason I became a photographer. I picked up concert photography as a hobby just after my first year of university, and would upload the photos to this site and share with the bands and anyone else I knew. Soon my work gained a reputation and I became more dedicated to what I was doing. Concert photography became my passion and it spread to other genres of photography. So, when the New Media program started sucking, photography was the shining light at the end of the tunnel.

Where did the name come from?
Years ago I started writing down ideas for "band names" I thought would be cool, and Supermarket Trashbin was one of those. (Don't ask me where it came from, it just happened!) In one of my first New Media classes we were asked to create a fictional company, so I cracked open my band name journal, and thought Supermarket Trashbin would be a good choice. Several weeks later when I decided to start my first website, I was faced with the daunting question: What domain name should I choose? The rest is history.


email: info at tanyaplonka.com