Guess what?!

fine art photography, long island, black and white portrait Talia at Soundview

my work has been accepted into 2 more upcoming juried exhibitions. pretty cool! firstly, the I AM Pocket Sized Exhibition at the Islip Art Museum. Brookwood Hall, 50 Irish Hall, East Islip NY, 11730. the opening is on Sunday, June 28th from 1-4pm and the show runs June 28 – September 13, 2015. and, looking at the list of finalists, i am in some great company.

what makes this especially exciting is that i ‘found’ this negative only a month ago as i looked back over all my work. it was made in ’04  during the development of my 4 year series, On the Periphery Life Going By, where i photographed two sisters almost exclusively. it didn’t make the cut then – frankly i didn’t remember it. but something grabbed me this time. after staring at it on the lightbox i decided to scan it for viewing on my monitor. next came a work print followed by the submission deadline. after much hemming and hawing i decided to submit – it was 1 of 3. talk about fast confirmation!

i’m also pleased to let you know that my image, “To Risk” has been accepted into the International Phone-opgraphy Competition, at foto foto gallery juried by Dan Burkholder. he is an innovator in the field of digital photography. some of you may have seen this piece in the What is A Portrait exhibit last december. however it will be displayed rather differently at this gallery. i’m thrilled to see this image is resonanting. the opening is on July 11th 5-7pm at foto foto gallery, huntington, ny.

fine art photography, portrait photographer, black & white portraits, huntington, ny, “To Risk”

 “Risks must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.”

William Arthur Ward

only occasionally do i accept commissioned work. this is mostly due to the enormous energy output required & since stamina is not my strong suit, it forces me to be rather selective. i do however, love being enticed by interesting projects and was fortunate enough to have another one come my way. lucinda is an emerging artist who connected with me through social media. although i had never photographed someone i hadn’t met before i did have a strong hunch based on our virtual conversations to do so! boy was i right – the photo-shoot was such an inspired creative collaboration and fell right in line with my responsive and spontaneous approach that permeates my personal work. she traveled out of the city to meet me and we spent the majority of our time in a nature preserve making lots of pictures. in the final moments before dark we scooted over to a small historic cottage on a lush property, neighboring where i live, that had just been restored. the bathroom is my favorite room in the cottage, housing a gorgeous claw foot tub. as if reading my mind she suggested jumping in. voila! inspired by her free spirit, openness & vitality i titled the image, “To Risk” named after the poem by William Arthur Ward. most of my work explores one’s connection to self, each other and the natural world and this was no exception. for me making art with artists and seekers is bliss & the experience continues to urge me on.

i’d be grateful if you’d share these invites on facebook or e-mail-links below!

i have been posting on INSTAGRAM – come follow me there!

thanks so much for being here and if you have any questions or feedback please leave a comment below.

with gratitude from

shana
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17. June 2015 by shana
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Don’t Eat This! \ Art Notes Monthly – May ’15 \

this friday, May 22nd from 6-9pm at the Huntington Arts Council, kick off your memorial day weekend by coming to the opening of the Don’t Eat This exhibition. my piece, Cheery Tomatoes, will be on view. contrary to the exhibition title, you will want to eat these!

Cheery TomatoesCheery Tomatoes

Unlike the majority of my work, “Cheery Tomatoes” is not part of a particular series. Nor is it my usual subject matter. The tomatoes were a lovely gift that I discovered tied to my door handle as I came home one late summer afternoon. Fresh from the garden the bounty instantly connected me to a time when life was more carefree; much how a song triggers a memory that becomes palpable. Feeling both wistful and overwhelmingly abundant, what else can one do but make art and then eat?!

i’m also excited to let you know that a print from my new series Compost has sold. sharing works in progress is new for me so to say i’m delighted that “Refuge” already has a new home is an understatement. it’s such an honor!

fine art photography, family photography, centerport new york, mother and child photographyRefuge

feel free to let me know if i’ll see you friday. if you’re unable to make it the show will be up through June 8th, 2015.

thanks so much for being here and if you have any questions or feedback please leave a comment below.

cheers from

shana
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18. May 2015 by shana
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A Quick New Year Update \ Art Notes Monthly – Jan ’15 \

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as if the holidays weren’t enough to keep us busy, i moved smack in the middle of them and have been off-line for a couple of weeks! i’m buried in boxes & exhaustion but wanted to send out a quick note letting you know about an upcoming exhibition, Harvest of Artists at BJ Spoke Gallery in Huntington on Saturday, January 10th from 2-5pm. (i’ll most likely be there only until 3-4pm & it would be great if you are able to come by on the earlier side so i can see you!) this piece, Life Among The Savages #1, is the first in this series making it’s debut. i’m looking forward to sharing it as it’s quite a departure from my portraiture work. these are two hand made gelatin silver prints mounted together to form a single finished piece. creating these is rather labor intensive and nuanced so they are being sold in small limited editions of 3. you can read about it here as well as view the full series.

and, a gentle reminder that the juried exhibition, What is a Portrait? chosen by Ruben Natal-San Miguel is on view through January 17th at Ripe Art Gallery on Park Avenue in Huntington. the gallery is open tuesday thru saturday.  there is alot of great work to experience so i highly recommend going!

the opening was a smashing success so for fun i’m sharing some photos from the evening. that’s me with ruben and my piece! he was generous enough to exhibit established artists alongside emerging ones like myself and the last photo offers a glimpse of that.

What is A Portrait-01 What is A Portrait-02 What is A Portrait-03 What is A Portrait 04 What is A Portrait-05

i’m so grateful for your support of my work and i’m wishing you a year filled with all that your heart desires.

i have been posting alot of work on INSTAGRAM – come follow me there!

thanks so much for being here and if you have any questions or feedback please leave a comment below.

cheers from

shana
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01. January 2015 by shana
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Holiday Print Shop Open \ Art Notes Monthly – Nov ’14 \

If you’re inclined to give the gift of art this holiday season I have some new prints for you. Isn’t that great?!

HOLIDAY FINE ART PRINT SHOP

*2 NEW PRINTS ADDED*

I decided to keep it simple, life’s complicated enough!

\ 1 size  \ approximately 8×8 to 10×10 depending on what I feel best serves the image-you will not be disappointed! paper sizes may vary slightly. prints will have sufficient borders to facilitate framing.

\ 1 price \  $175. (local pick-up or please add for shipping TBD)

\ 24 options! (maybe more?)

\ archival fine art pigment prints

\ e-mail me your choice with your delivery preference and i’ll gladly send you an invoice. if shipping is needed please include your address with zip code.

\ found an image you would prefer that’s not listed here? let me know and i’ll be happy to oblige!

Please get your orders in as soon as possible so I have ample time to print for you!

Duality thumbnail
Viette thumbnail
Oneness thumbnail
Cherry Tomatoes thumbnail
Hope thumbnail
When The Walls Break Down thumbnail
Meditation thumbnail
Ripe thumbnail
Morning thumbnail
Peonie thumbnail
Longing thumbnail
On The Bridge thumbnail
Trance thumbnail
Cloud Porn thumbnail
Lantana thumbnail
At The Farm thumbnail
The Wizard thumbnail
Clouds thumbnail
Purple Basil Sprouts thumbnail
Heckscher Pond thumbnail
Postblume thumbnail
Melancholia thumbnail
Fairview thumbnail
Agua thumbnail
The Meadow thumbnail
Magic Garden thumbnail
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Duality

Viette

Oneness

Cherry Tomatoes

Hope

When The Walls Break Down

Meditation

Ripe

Morning

Peonie

Longing

On The Bridge

Trance

Cloud Porn

Lantana

At The Farm

The Wizard

Clouds

Purple Basil Sprouts

Heckscher Pond

Postblume

Melancholia

Fairview

Agua

The Meadow

Magic Garden

……………………….

on another note & just as exciting, my image, Self-Portrait Study #2, is included in an exhibition entitled Shedding Lightat Clifton Cultural Arts Center, Cincinnati, Ohio. This is part of the FotoFocus Biennial 2014. the show runs through november 15th!

photography exhibition, self-portrait, FotoFocus 2014, Shedding Light, Blurb Books, black and white photography, fine art photography “Self-Portrait Study #1″

photography exhibition, FotoFocus 2014, Shedding Light, black & white photographyShedding Light” Blurb Book

the catalog from the exhibition is available to view and/or purchase on Blurb. i’m so pleased that the image is paired with sabine’s – well placed! my book is on it’s way, can’t wait to see it.

i have been posting alot of this new work on INSTAGRAM – come follow me there!

thanks so much for being here and if you have any questions about which print to purchase please get in touch!

please share about the Holiday Print Sale with your friends by using the social media links below!

cheers from

shana
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01. November 2014 by shana
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A New Series Begins \ Art Notes Monthly – Dec ’14 \

fine art photography, family photography, centerport new york, mother and child photography

the start of a new series is filled with excitement, trepidation and expectancy. there’s a passive component imbued with much contemplation before the work actually begins. sometimes it’s a brief period and at others it can be quite lengthy. like this time. i did alot of writing, reading and non-doing before i ever shot the 1st frame. for one thing it was the first time necessary to locate the right subjects. as you probably know by now, i’ve always photographed who i know & love – those already in my sphere. as fate would have it the divine placed lorraine and her daughter, isabella in my life. we share a passion and appreciation for all things art, children and beauty. its been super fun and enlivening.

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so much about this new series has turned my working process on it’s head. aside from carefully choosing my new subjects i also decided to take more control by directing the shoot. consequently, i choose the location, clothing and positioning of my subjects. this has been very challenging for someone like me whose work has been mostly responsive, candid and conversational. as much as i come to this work with particular ideas there is still much room for spontaneity. the process may best be described as a hybrid of both styles. and since i always follow where the work leads me, i’m excited to see where we’ll end up!

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the working title for this series is Compost where i create the narrative between mother and daughter. the following quote has been the north star of the series:

 “… human beings are not born once and for all on the day their mothers give birth to them, … life obliges them over and over again to give birth to themselves.”
Gabriel Garcia Marquez

i’m sure to share more as the series develops.

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PLEASE CHECK OUT THE HOLIDAY PRINT SHOP and share it with your friends.

thanks so much for being here and if you have any questions about which print to purchase please get in touch!

thanks so much for being here!

cheers and happiest holidays from

shana
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01. October 2014 by shana
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A Gamine in The Forest \ Art Notes Monthly – Oct ’14 \

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only occasionally do i accept commissioned work. this is mostly due to the enormous energy output required. and since stamina is not my strong suit, it forces me to be rather selective. learning how to embrace the physical challenges as a partner in my work is an on-going process; after all, it has become the prism that informs my art & life.

i do love being enticed by interesting projects and recently i was fortunate enough to have one come my way. this photo-shoot was such a creative collaboration. i just love making art with seekers & artists who are kind, discerning, respectful, informed, cosmopolitan and unconventional.  since we’re both so happy with the outcome i’m excited to share the images with you!

i hope you like?!  oh, if you’ve been wanting black & white fine art portraits please get in touch!

i have been posting alot of this new work on INSTAGRAM – come have a look!

an image you’re curious about? great, let me know ’cause i’d love to feature it in a future “art notes monthly” installment. for ideas you can look in the galleries here & here.

thanks so much for being here!

share away by using the social media links below!

cheers from

shana
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01. October 2014 by shana
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A Handmade Book \ Art Notes Monthly-Sept ’14 \

over the recent past i’ve been experimenting like crazy with the iphone for photo making. it’s ease of use has certainly freed me to shoot wherever & whatever calls to me in the moment. a luxury i do not experience with my film cameras. they take preparedness, physical stamina and, because of film developing expenses, require much more intentional shooting than i’m doing now. while discretion is just as important to me now, every frame with film is much more carefully chosen so as not to be wasteful!

“Take your pleasure seriously.” Charles Eames

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Handmade Book Prototype

“For nothing is pleasing to God except the invention of beautiful and exalted things.” William Blake

i’ve amassed quite a collection in a short period of time which begs the question, what to do with them all?! for me, the digital medium is missing something fundamental to my working process; the tactile experience of my craft through developing film, touching negatives & pouring over proof prints. i found myself missing the handcrafted. to that end i started crafting a handmade book to showcase this new series. without any knowledge of bookbinding i’m not quite sure how to bring this from prototype to fulfillment? if you have any pointers i’d be most grateful!

with my analog work the opposite is true – i’ve harbored a desire to publish a traditional black & white photography book. it’s an enormous undertaking that little by little i’m chipping away at.

i guess it’s about balance. balancing the intimacy with the immediate.

i have been posting alot of this new work on INSTAGRAM – come have a look!

what do you think?  let me know in the comments below. don’t be shy. i’d be honored.

also which particular image(s) would you like to know more about? i’d love to feature it in a future “art notes monthly” installment. for ideas you can look in the galleries here & here.

thanks so much for being here!

share away by using the social media links below!

cheers from

shana
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01. September 2014 by shana
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