Harris, Shawn Ray

Photography

Shawn Ray Harris's anthropomorphic photography plays on the idea that we, as humans, impact nature in ways that force animals into new [unnatural] environments. We are constantly encroaching upon their habitat directly and indirectly. More and more stories are told of large animals drifting into our cement world. The strongest images, to Harris, are those that have a certain balance of discomfort, aesthetic intrigue and a fine line of humor and delicate absurdity. All work is photographed in the landscape using one shot to capture the whole scene, character included, or, more often, the imagery is composited together [assembling multiple images one on top of another]. At times, the background is photographed first, which allows the 'character' to develop in the studio. Other times, the character is photographed in the studio, inspiring the background. Compositing offers far more control, allowing Harris to make choices between foreground and background. In the summer of 2012, Harris took his first anthropomorphic pictures. Those initial pictures were enough for him to step back from five years of work and completely change his style/aesthetic/direction.

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