Although I’ve met Shaun before, I only recently became aware that he did photography. And after seeing his work, I was very impressed. I asked him a few questions about himself and his art, and this is what he had to say:
When and how did you first become interested in your craft?
I have always been interested in photography, but I never really took it seriously until July of 2010 when I participated in the Kelby International Photowalk. After the photowalk ended, my picture was selected best of the Portland photowalk and was entered into the international contest for the photowalk. Needless to say I was shocked. I was an armature with a simple point and shoot camera, and my picture was chosen over professionals. That is when my interest was really peaked to precede more into photography.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
I get my inspiration from everything around me. I like to take something everyday and turn it on its side to create something new and not really noticed before.
Is there any impression or statement that you would like your work to make?
What I would like my work to say is that anything can be turned into a work of art, no matter how obscure.
Many thanks to Malaika and Shaun for their time! You can find Shaun and his photographs at The BIG THAW Arts, Crafts and Vintage Sale on Saturday, April 16th (this Saturday!) at the Mayo Street Arts Center at 10 Mayo Street in Portland. Can’t wait to see you there!