Shane

I am an artist, and stuff.

Seek Imperfection

 Posted by on July 15, 2019
Jul 152019
 

I stayed up late finalizing a body of work I began in 2016 (hope to release it soon). In going through all my images, I began contemplating photography. It is a strange art form. It seems to be overly obsessed with the idea of perfection and quality. Paint is paint, clay is clay. The camera, however, is an ever-evolving device, and as technology improves, the camera betters itself again and again. This is great, but also one of the biggest downfalls for any creative.

I understand that I have uncommon views on the medium, but I think photographers should focus less effort in obsessing over quality, perfection, equipment, and details – and instead worry more about being imagemakers. What do you want to tell your viewer? What does the image say? In all honesty, I don’t think most viewers care about all the little things as much as they do the emotion, the feeling, and the experience. I think the better photographers get hung up on these things instead.

Creature In The Flames

 Posted by on July 6, 2019
Jul 062019
 

When it comes to patterns and symmetry, my work seems to get too complex and overwhelmingly visual. I wanted to try something more simple… This image is made up of one photograph of flames. I soaked a piece of rope in alcohol and lit it on fire.

I began duplicating a bunch of the images to see what the negative space looked like. This one was really interesting. Of course, psychologically our brains try to find something to relate to in abstract imagery, especially symmetric. I see a creature in this piece – a silhouetted meditating being glowing at the edges. Simple, yet engaging.

Lightning Storm

 Posted by on July 3, 2019
Jul 032019
 

Got some all-natural, organic, free-range fireworks happening tonight for the 4th of July celebration… Most lightning I have seen in a while. If I had more time I would have set up all my equipment on the balcony and tried for some more shots. Instead I grabbed my camera and ran outside for less than one minute. Hey, results are results.

A Positive Litter Story

 Posted by on June 29, 2019
Jun 292019
 

Life becomes art, and so I document things… I work by the beach, and during my lunch breaks I walk the waves and pick up litter. Something happened to me that really gave me hope for the future.

I leaned over and picked up a piece of plastic. Then a bottle cap. In doing so I noticed a little boy watching me. I kept doing my thing. Later I felt a tap on my back and turned around. “Here is some garbage I just found”, said the little boy excitedly. I let him put it in my bag. He then came running back with more. I thanked him and felt such joy. Overwhelming joy. Someone not only noticed me, but mimicked me.

Death Of A Century Plant

 Posted by on June 23, 2019
Jun 232019
 

Today I got some really sad news… Months ago I fell in love with a plant at the beach. I drove by it multiple times per day, multiple days per week, and it brought me such joy and wonder. I watched it grow, flower, but then today I drove by to find it split in half.

The Agave Americana is an aloe-like cactus-looking plant with what seem to be alien tentacles sticking out in every direction. It is more commonly called the “Century Plant” for a really interesting reason. After about 10 to 30 years, the plant quickly sprouts a long stalk into the air. It looks like a comical gigantic 25-foot piece of asparagus (yum, asparagus). This then opens up at the top with hundreds of little yellow flowers. A really beautiful arrangement.

The crazy part is that this is now the end of it’s life. The plant waits 10, 20, 30 years then quickly sends up its flowers, only to then die… I waited months watching this beautiful plant. I planned to photograph it once all the flowers bloomed. It was getting so close, maybe just a few more days – but then we had a big storm. The storm ended this plants life before it could flower and end itself.

Stupid Collections

 Posted by on June 9, 2019
Jun 092019
 

I have a bad habit of collecting stupid things for years and years only to eventually get rid of them. I think the artist in me thinks that someday I will come up with some amazing idea for said things. Like these beer bottle tops I threw in a jar for about 10 years… I put these on eBay to see if anyone would buy them. Yep. Sold for 5 dollars.

Beach Litter

 Posted by on June 3, 2019
Jun 032019
 

This image shows just eight days at Folly Beach, SC. Each day I can fill one bucket, or more. As you would expect, a lot of the trash is just ignorant people tossing a cig on the ground, leaving fast food beside the car, or throwing an empty beer into the bushes. However, I also believe that much of it is accidental. The wind takes a wrapper away, a child opens candy or rips the tag off a new toy. I get it, but it all adds up.

How can we do better? I honestly don’t know. We cannot close off the beach. We need public access to the beach. That’s important. We also cannot just make higher fines because this is a quiet crime that no police officer will notice, or maybe care to pursue… I believe much of the issue here (and which much of our country’s downfalls) can be solved with better education and outreach. We need to better educate people on the environment, the amazing creatures on the land and in the sea, and the importance of doing our part for a better future… We need to do better.

Underwater Camera

 Posted by on May 28, 2019
May 282019
 

I have been going to work early and swimming in the ocean quite a bit lately. I bring my water-tight action camera with me sometimes… Here are three self-portraits taken while swimming in the ocean and holding the camera under the water.

Super Wide

 Posted by on May 20, 2019
May 202019
 

I really wanted a wide angle lens to play around with but wasn’t sure how wide I wanted. I enjoy capturing vast landscapes, so I grabbed a 18mm. It was nice, but not as drastic as I had hoped. I then got a 12mm, and fell in love.

Sure, you can shoot straight and get very little distortion, but I try to embrace the weird. I love how I can fit so much into my frame, and then add a level of surrealism without any need for Photoshop.

Rollin’ Around The Beach

 Posted by on May 9, 2019
May 092019
 

I made this image to sum up what a majority of my life is these days… I’ll get into the details another time, but I have basically been spending hours and hours, days and days, rolling around the beach on a golf cart… If someone 5 years ago told me this is where I would be and this is what I would be doing – I would laugh them out the door.

The Dreaming State