Shane

I am an artist, and stuff.

RIP Piper Dog

 Added to April 1, 2022
Apr 012022
 

When I found out Piper Dog was sick I thought we only had a few days, so I made sure every single one was all about her, morning until night. She ended up giving me 20 days, most of them full of joy. Before she left, my goal was to make the perfect portrait of her at sunset. I couldn’t be more happy with this moment, or this image, and so I made a large framed canvas to hang on our wall.

As she began to wag less, I knew it was time. I rubbed her belly (her favorite) until she simply stopped. I’m both very sad and very relieved, and both of those feelings are great ones. She was my only friend, and I am going to miss her more than anything.

”We’re all just walking each other home.” – Ram Dass ♥

In The Sky

 Added to March 13, 2022
Mar 132022
 

Many years ago, I was working on strange techniques in Photoshop. Today, I decided to try to blend one of them into a nice sunset photo I took (since that’s pretty much all I do with my free time). By enlarging random noise and blending it into itself, I created these weird vein-like textures. I created many layers of them, big and small, then worked the colors of the image until it felt complete.

Gollum The Cat

 Added to March 7, 2022
Mar 072022
 

Meet Gollum, of Middle-Earth… We went to the cat bar over the weekend and couldn’t say no to her. She is super friendly, needy, and loud. Already love this little Smeagol. While I am busy editing, Gollum cat likes to sit back here and judge my work. She’s tough, but she is a highly skilled critic.

Dead People Litter

 Added to March 3, 2022
Mar 032022
 

Time for a little angry rant… Dead people are dead. They don’t give a **** what their grave looks like. Stop putting fake plastic flowers near a rock to selfishly make yourself feel better. Your grief has no place in damaging our environment.

I rode by a big cemetery today, and literally EVERY grave had a bunch of fake flowers next to it. Not sure if this is some weird Netflix-like subscription for dead people where you always have flowers near your grave or what, but it’s ridiculous. Worst of all, of course, the wind takes these colorful pieces of plastic and spreads them all over. I was seeing them hundreds of feet away from the graveyard in the grass and woods. People on the biking path pick them up and jam them into trees, which looks “pretty” but is just temporary. Don’t be cheap. Buy real flowers. They are not that costly.

Squared

 Added to March 1, 2022
Mar 012022
 

This is probably my favorite image that I have made in a while. It came from nothingness – no plan and no end goal – and yet there it is. It has elements of graphic design, calming nature feels, and even ties to optical illusion. Not sure where this piece will fit into my work as a whole, but I know it will be one that gets printed and hung on a wall.

It Comes In Waves

 Added to February 22, 2022
Feb 222022
 

Sometimes when editing a photograph I realize it could use an element of time. In this piece, I wanted to represent “waves” in multiple ways. The image of ocean waves is obvious. Then I selected out circles and rotated them to make another wave, and lastly the slow changing of color creating a perceptual wave for the viewing experience.

Ocean Layers

 Added to February 21, 2022
Feb 212022
 

I have been feeling like I don’t have enough time, or energy, or maybe focus to make new work at the moment. Instead, I have been digging through old images to see what I have forgotten. Tonight I had the idea to split a beach scene into layers. I looked for good images to represent the sand, ocean, and sky. I then picked three that I felt worked, cropped, and processed in black and white. The final product is a triptych that, together, has a strange balance to it.

FRAMES Magazine Publication

 Added to February 7, 2022
Feb 072022
 

My art photography was recently published in Frames Magazine, a fairly new yet already prestigious international quarterly printed photography book… Seven images from my Self-Portraits series (2017) were selected, along with a few short writings of mine about creativity, inspiration, and devotion to art making. I spent 18 months making strange pictures of myself in a basement studio, had a solo exhibition of the final work, and now I am so happy to see it being printed in FRAMES.

Most importantly, I am incredibly humbled to be in the same volume as some really remarkable image makers. Ami Vitale (featured on the cover) is a National Geographic photographer, writer, and filmmaker and a Nikon Ambassador. Nick Brandt, whose work I have adored for years, uses his camera to point out mankind’s negative impact on animals and the environment, and also co-founded a foundation to help protect over a million acres of land. Clément Chéroux, the Chief Curator of Photography at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC, gives an interview, along with works by Poulomi Basu, Bob Weil, Justyna Neryng, and Yi Sun.

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Dumpster Fire

 Added to February 6, 2022
Feb 062022
 

This morning was a LITERAL dumpster fire. Seriously. Of course it gave me a good laugh at first, but this is the second large fire right outside my window in the past week. Kind of feels like a bad omen… My reaction shows I am a decent person: I saw the fire and ran outside to see if someone called 911. They did, so I immediately grabbed my telephoto lens, put it on my camera, and ran out. You can’t pass up the opportunity to photograph a dumpster fire!

MFA for what?

 Added to January 31, 2022
Jan 312022
 

Sometimes I laugh, wondering why I went through all that trouble of getting a master’s degree in photography – just to spend most of my time photographing sunsets. Seriously though. I can’t be too hard on myself. I do make a lot of art, had solo exhibitions, have been published – but I just get so much pleasure in going outside and watching sunsets. Whatever drives you, right? Maybe all these sunsets will become something bigger one day.

The Dreaming State