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Photographer's Statement

My photographs try to convey to the viewer, in a visually beautiful form, what I experienced at a particular moment. The viewer should be able to see through the images as much as I saw myself, and experience the same emotions even from a partial representation. This requires careful selection and visual interpretation to reveal the subject’s essence. Often, I can not explain in words why a particular image moved me. I try to capture images that have some beauty, inspire some strong emotional reaction, transport the viewer to a different culture, time or place, or have a sense of humor. Having been educated as an engineer and a lawyer, it has been difficult, yet rewarding for me to try to see the world not in the logical constructs of my training, but in an experiential way. I license images for all manner of commercial and editorial use and sell fine art prints. I specialize in photo journalism, travel photography and my work includes subjects ranging from panoramic landscapes to people and local culture to abstracts. Some of my photographs are sold through a variety of channels: directly over the internet, by stock photography agencies (Shutterstock and Fotolia), and as photographic products (greeting cards, calendars, posters, etc.) through Zazzle.com (www.pshaw-photo.com). I am a retired intellectual property attorney living with my wife Lynn in Mill Valley, California.

Equipment and Software Used

Nikon digital single lens reflex cameras (D3 and D7000), Nikkor lenses 18-200mm AF-S DX VR zoom lens, 24-70mm f/2.8G ED AF-S wide angle zoom lens, 70-200 f/2.8G ED AF-S VR zoom, and 28-300 AF VR zoom. My images are digitally processed in RAW format using Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop and are printed using an Epson 3880 injet digital printer on archival paper.

How to use this website:

Click on the "Albums" link at the top of the page and click on an album from the drop down menu. Click on any thumbnail image to view an enlargement. Page through the album with the arrow keys at the top right of the menu bar.

Philip Shaw 2013