Shane Lavalette is a young photographer with a thoughtful eye, trained at a world far away from our familiar beach culture in Southern California. With a beautiful new book hot off the presses, we caught up with Shane to find out a bit more about the east coast-based photographer…
Who are you?
Shane Lavalette, 29, New York, USA
Describe your medium & process for your photos...
Images from One Sun, One Shadow were shot on film, scanned, and printed digitally at Light Work. The project explores the relationship between traditional music and the landscape of the American South. I photographed primarily in the summers of 2010 and 2011 for an exhibition entitled "Picturing the South" at the High Museum of Art, in Atlanta, Georgia.
How did you find your passion? Who/what influences your work?
I started working in photography when I was young, and started by spending a lot of time with photography books in high school and college. I'm influenced by historical and contemporary photography and visual art of course, but I get a lot of inspiration from music, travel, and unique cultural experiences.
What excites you about your work? What do you struggle with?
I love that photography encourages careful and prolonged looking. I find that even when I'm not photographing, I pay attention to things I might not otherwise, and I love that. I think one of the biggest challenges of photography is the process of editing—deciding what to include and what to leave out—and yet it is the most important consideration.
What are your goals? Where do you see yourself going?
I just published One Sun, One Shadow as a book, and am already in the process of thinking about a new project and publication. I'm looking forward to sharing that in the new year.