shāna is a fine art photographer from Huntington, NY who makes images that explore one’s connection to self, each other and the natural world using mostly old manual cameras with black & white film. She came to photography two years after a cancer diagnosis back in 2003 after a friend loaned her a camera. While struggling with questions regarding despair vs. life the camera became her lifeline. It soon became apparent that photography was to become her life’s endeavor as a connection to the medium quickly deepened. One can say that shāna used this new opportunity as a way to re-shape her world. Her intention was to connect and make good pictures; not to theorize about them – that came much later. The constraints and ramifications of living with chronic illness inform much of her art, as themes of connection and isolation permeate the work. Ultimately shāna’s work is an inquiry about belonging & significance. Her art is not about image, it’s about essence and as such she thinks of the work as spiritual photography.