Portrait of the Artist
Welcome to my Portrait of the Artist section – a photo portfolio of creative people by Shane Young.
Allow me to introduce a project that will grow as time permits. Portrait of the Artist – writers, musicians, actors, performers, anyone involved in the arts, from the Gloucestershire area and beyond. Because I’ve been a professional musician, the world of the creative person is what I know most about, and what I like to shoot.
First of all, if you recognise yourself as belonging to one of these categories, let’s talk. Because I’ve been a drummer working in bands most of my life, as well as being a photographer and writer, I can relate to my subjects. Furthermore, we all know that the life of a creative is not often about wealth. So I’ll always be fair.
Most of all, I wanted to do something close to my heart. To this end, Portrait of the Artist is about celebrating art of all kinds and the artists who make the world a richer place. Sadly, funding for the arts has taken a serious bashing in recent times, and is seen by many in government as a lower priority than academia, industry and finance. But without the arts, we are all poorer.
When people look you up online, your image is almost always the first thing they see, before they read your profile. Therefore, great images represent you in a profound way. Naturally, a professional look is essential if you want to be taken seriously. Needless to say, an iPhone selfie doesn’t really cut it. Again, any promotion of your work needs images of a high standard, be it posters, website, social media profile, album cover etc.
Let’s get the look you want.
Work with me and elevate your image.
If funds are particularly low, you can volunteer to be a model on one of my workshops and take away some images from that. Everybody wins. 🙂
There are many highly talented individuals in my world. I’m lucky to know them and love working with them. Although the life of a creative person can be busy, fulfilling, sometimes hard, sometimes lonely, it’s rarely dull. It’s my ambition to capture the essence of all of it.
Finally, a word about location. Shooting on location gives context. A photo studio can be pretty sterile. When I bring my setup to you, it’s everything studio lighting is, but where you work, or maybe just in the town where you live. Where you belong. Wherever you create your art, or the place you sing about, or what you paint, or what you write about, or where you play gigs.
Recently, I was proud to photograph the Spaces project, orchestrated by my good friend George. It’s a brilliant collaborative endeavour involving musicians, artists, writers and creatives of all kinds, which maps eight historic buildings in Gloucester through music, video and art. Although I teamed up with George and others to co-write some of the lyrics and music, I also played drums on one session and took a ton of photos on the others. If you want to check out the photos, music and great videos, go here: www.spacesgloucester.com
Looking forward to hearing from you.