About Shane Robinson

(Photo by <a href='https://tracywrightcorvo.com/' target='_blank'>Tracy Wright Corvo</a>. Body paint by <a href='https://cudraclover.com/' target='_blank'>Cudra Clover</a>. Painting by Shane Robinson)
(Photo by Tracy Wright Corvo. Body paint by Cudra Clover. Painting by Shane Robinson)

I grew up on a working farm in Iowa, which meant chores after school and on the weekend and 6.5 full workdays each week all Summer long. Summer break was not a vacation groing up on the farm. Though nick-named “copy machine” in high school for my ability to draw anything, I thought I wanted to study International Law in college. Aha, I thought, I could make the big bucks and escape the world of manual labor. The initial course work didn’t suit me though, so I picked up architecture and design.

Eventually I found my way to the Fine Arts department. Since I was paying my own way through college, studio fees and materials for painting and photography were not in my budget. Remember, this used to mean film, paper, chemicals. I ended up in the Ceramics and Sculpture departments and graduated with a B.F.A. in Ceramics with minors in Sculpture and Drawing at the University of Iowa.

I picked up my first DSLR camera in October 2009 at the urging of one of my very talented photographer friends. (Thank you Vu Bui!) I began experimenting with digital illustrations and digital painting on my iPhone around the same time.

So now, almost 20 years later, I find it very interesting that I’ve started painting and exploring photography, and specifically abstract photographic processes, as a way to create photographic abstractions that at first glance appear to be gestural paintings, complex line drawings, or digital creations either created or modified on the computer and/or in Photoshop.

Most of my photographs are created by experimenting with Intentional Camera Movement (ICM) and by manually adjusting aperture, focus, and shutter speed with my Canon DSLR. They are then imported directly from the camera into Aperture. I don’t use filters or plugins of any kind. What you see is what I shot.

Others are entirely shot and edited on my iPhone and iPad.

My favorite element of this work so far is that my pieces are entirely unique and unreproducible. Even by me! I can’t return to the place I took the photographs and reproduce them. It’s a combination of light, luck, technique, and being in that moment. Even if someone stands next to me, with the same camera, lens, and settings, and mimics my movements, we won’t create the same image.