Diana Pappas and Tom Bland are photographers currently based in north east New Jersey, USA. Diana is originally from New Jersey, while Tom comes from Northumberland in the north east of England. They met on Flickr.com, the leading online photography community before Instagram came along – Tom discovered Diana’s work one day and added her as a Flickr contact, and Diana soon did the same. What followed was a year of commenting on each other’s photography, which led to emails that gradually increased in length and frequency, and finally one year after first connecting on Flickr they met in person at Terminal B of Newark Airport. They married three years later.
As photographers, Diana and Tom often collaborate on editorial stories and assist each other on shoots. Although their time is largely divided between New Jersey and the north of England, they travel as frequently as possible to further their editorial work – either working on assignment or to develop self-initiated stories and projects. Their primary interests lie in food and farming, nature, the environment, travel, and associated portraiture.
Diana and Tom are available for hire as a photography duo, or individually, and prints of their work are available for purchase.
Diana Pappas is a photographer from the Northeast of New Jersey, USA. She is an alumna of Duke University where she majored in art history. Her focus shifted to photography after working for a number of years in the film industry as a costume assistant on movies such as The Visitor, Fur, Synecdoche New York and Margaret.
Diana’s knowledge of art history has informed her keen eye for color and composition. Whether she’s photographing a calm rural scene, a rusting metal detail, or a still life – Diana composes her photographs as a true artist, with a strong emphasis on light and balance. Diana’s portrait work and love of food culture are where she really excels though. She is a specialist at capturing her portrait subjects at ease in their own environments and her passion for food, farming and gardening shines through in her ongoing photographs of seasonal living.
In 2015 Diana added writing to her repertoire to accompany her editorial photography. Her stories have been published by Lodestars Anthology and Garrett Leight California Optical.
Tom Bland’s approach to photography is with a sense of calm and purpose that is entirely unique to his upbringing, education, and personal interests. Born and raised in rural Northumberland in the north east of England, Tom spent his childhood surrounded by rolling hills, dark forests and expansive beaches. Growing up in this setting he developed a keen awareness of the natural world that remains to this day.
Tom specialized in photography during his Art Foundation course at Newcastle College, before gaining a bachelor’s degree in Media Production at the University of Northumbria, where he focussed on animation. Photography remained a part of Tom’s life through an eight year period working in London’s creative arts industry. He moved to the United States in 2012.
There is nothing accidental in the framing of Tom’s photographs – each shot is meticulously composed and considered as only a son of two graphic designers would see it. This design-forward aesthetic manifests itself in his focus on textures – both urban and natural – while Tom’s landscapes, urban photographs and food culture images reflect his wider interests and love of travel and exploration.