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Photographer Spotlight: John Shuptrine

September 29, 2009

John Shuptrine is a black and white photographer originally from Toledo, Ohio. He is self-taught, and has about thirty years of experience. Shuptrine focuses on abstract, close-up pieces, and landscapes. He says he likes to focus on the “light and beauty of our world.” At the 2005 and 2008 B&W Magazine’s Single Image Contests, Shuptrine has taken home two golds and one silver award. He has also won numerous awards from local shows, one of them being Best in Show at the Lynchburg Fine Arts Center. John has gallery and commercial shows in Lynchburg, Charlottesville and Roanoke, Virginia.

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TV Land 2 - B&W Magazine's Single Image Contest Award Winner 2008

Shuptrine won a silver award for this photo capturing the objects in an abandoned room. The picture uses unequal space by displaying more of the wall on the right side. The composition is split up where the two destroyed walls meet. The symmetry in this photo is seen in the open space that is framed by the television frame and the window frame. The leaves on the ground are there to compare the textures and patterns seen on the walls and in the objects. The mattress pieces unify the picture and fill up more unequal space.

Cathedral Lake Sunrise, Yosemite National Park

Cathedral Lake Sunrise - Yosemite National Park

In 2002, Shuptrine traveled to Yosemite National Park to take a series of photographs. Cathedral Lake Sunrise is one of Shuptrine’s most notable works. He captured the natural height of the trees by comparing them to the height of the mountain. One assumes this rocky hill or mountain is tall by the way Shuptrine cropped the picture. There is no way of knowing how tall the background is, but one assumes it is tall because it did not fit in the composition. The split between land and water splits the photo’s space up. Shuptrine was able to fill the water space by capturing the reflection of the land.

DC Escalator - Washington, DC

DC Escalator - Washington, DC

Shuptrine has taken photographs in Virginia and Washington, DC. This photo is from a Metro escalator. The sides of the middle escalator contain the reflection of the top of the metro structure. Although professionals say not to have something in the middle of the photo, the escalator works here to help define space in the rest of the photo. Having the light shine in from outside the building breaks up the composition in the piece. The point of view in the photo causes the viewer to think of a “light at the end of the tunnel.” The escalators get narrower and narrower until it looks as if the sides of the escalator are merging together.

My Replica of DC Escalator by John Shuptrine

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DC Escalator - Washington, DC

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