The physical characteristics of life create a magnitude of potential possibilities for our minds to apprehend. These perceived notions create an emotion, which in turn communicate an orientation to life, and a meaning. The photographs within this book were created entirely from naïve realism. Naïve that many of these photographs are common sights, but the method of which to express them has an indifference to the common eye. With the final photograph comes anticipation that an individuals experience of nature creates a clear translation and an understanding of the scene. The aesthetics of which this book was created is full of feel and affection for the wilderness, enough that I could roughly distinguish the dancing light before my very own eyes, creating a visual philosophy of what beauty maybe, and is. Much like the petroglyphs and pictographs of the earlier periods, each photograph has its own message, rather lyrical in many ways and open to interpret. The meaning of impressionistic art may be vague to some and inspirational to others, much like life itself.
Shane’s photography has been published and exhibited regionally and internationally. Through out the years, Shane’s photography has received many merit awards from various organizations and competitions. During 2007, Shane was specially commended in the BBC Wildlife photographer of the year competition, London England. In 2009, a single photograph taken of a Wisconsin badger was selected to be included in the new endangered resources license plate design for the State of Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources; a portion of the revenue generated from this plate will go towards Wisconsin wildlife and habitat in peril. Shane’s dedication towards conservation photography as well as his efforts towards creating environmental awareness thru his photography is a major driving motivation. Shane resides on the northern shores of the extinct glacial lake Wisconsin of central Wisconsin.