Participant Showcase: Shea Mayberry
It’s easy to tell that Shea is an artist by trade, she has an incredibly artistic eye, which certainly comes in handy where photography is concerned. By looking at her work you can tell she makes an effort to go way beyond the standard snapshots and postcard shots and looks deeper into the scene to find what’s interesting to her, and in turn what’s interesting to the viewer’s of her photography.
The shot she’s submitted here is just wonderful. On one hand it’s abstract and made me really think about what it is that I’m looking at, but upon closer inspection I could tell this was some sort of wine bottle display. From what she told me, one night while out on her own in Madrid at a wine bar having tapas with her husband Brandon, she noticed the artful display of these backlit wine bottles and immediately recognized that there was a great photo opportunity to be had.
Shea did a great job of emphasizing a shallow depth of field (minimizing the amount of the image that’s in focus from front to back), and diagonals are almost always a pleasing visual element in photography. Finally, she chose to give the image, already a monochromatic scene, a sepiatone look in post-processing, which I think works fantastically here.
Be sure to look for Shea’s other work by clicking through to the links she’s provided below…I’m sure you’ll find some other real gems there, I know I did.
I am an artist and photographer in Dana Point, California. My professional background is in corporate marketing and art gallery curation. I have a masters degree in journalism and museum administration, but most importantly, I have a lifelong passion for art, photography and exploration. Now I am pursuing my photography full time as well as traveling to new places always with two or three cameras in tow!
I love getting in close and capturing the details of a place or subject, finding the beauty in the shapes, textures, and colors.
FOR MORE OF SHEA’S WORK ONLINE
I really enjoyed traveling to Spain on Ralph’s The Heart of Spain tour. He understands and anticipates the photographer’s needs for truly experiencing and capturing the soul of a place. Ralph makes it comfortable and enjoyable to participate in his tours no matter what your skill level. I really felt like I came home from Spain with a better body of work and more photography knowledge because of Ralph’s instruction along the way. Thank you, Ralph.
~ Shea Mayberry