During each of Shane’s adventures abroad I most look forward to seeing imagery from his trips. Many times I find myself waiting until the wee hours of the morning just to hear the DING that says a new email has arrived. I check my mail and there it is, that paperclip by the subject line that tells me new images await me! I lOVE IT! I quickly open each email and look at the images over and over studying the subjects in his newest creations.
While I love seeing landscapes and environmental imagery, to me, it is the people I am most interested in seeing. Something I admire about the portraiture Shane takes while traveling is that he will always (unless it’s just not possible) ask the person or family if they would allow him to photograph them and with their consent, he does. That means that every person, family or couple we see has somehow communicated with Shane and is choosing to share a part of their story with us!
As Shane takes their picture the image becomes a combination of what Shane sees through his “visiting eyes” and the way they see themselves. Many times he’ll turn the camera to show them a preview of the image as they share in a smile or laugh. I believe it’s life-changing to be able to look into the eyes of people around the world. Who are they? What’s their story? What are their dreams? Their hopes? Their fears? I find it hard to look into someone else’s eyes, someone you don’t know, who you may never meet, and not ask those questions.
Before attending a conference, Jeff, Scott and Shane walked to a local “gypsy” encampment located a couple blocks away. The difference between the type of impoverishment seen at this location as opposed to others is that this gypsy group chooses to have nothing. At one area an elderly man kept repeating “we have nothing, we have nothing.”
The haze you see in the background of these images is not a camera or editing effect, is it the dust that is blowing through the area. The air was extremely dry and some from the team were really suffering from allergies.