Shane became interested in photography while taking classes his senior year with Richard Barnett, Associate Professor of Humanities/Fine Arts. As the class progressed, Shane’s enthusiasm for the art form grew.
After joining the service in 2003, Shane began capturing moments during his time in the Middle East as well as photographing his life as a civilian at home. As a soldier, he saw the world by visiting Okinawa, Kuwait, Iraq, and Thailand. “My time in the Marines changed me forever,” said Shane.
He was first deployed in July 2004 where his battalion fought in Iraq and helped secure election locales. He was pulled out in April 2005. During his second tour, from March to September 2006, Shane worked foot patrol in several Iraq cities and helped build the Iraqi police force. This tour of active duty focused on building relationships and gaining information.
When Shane returned home, he actively pursued a career in photography. He thought the Mount would be a great place for an exhibit. “I wanted to reconnect with the community and share my experiences,” said Shane, a Staten Island native. “It also helps me gain exposure for me as a photographer.”
Shane describes his work as a paradox with different layers of meaning. “I often feel disconnected with the nuances of society, and my photographs are a way to bridge that gap and connect with people I don't even know,” said Shane.
Today, Shane is involved in a number of different projects. He is working on his photography website called http://www.shootshane.com/. He also works at Yonkers Raceway in Yonkers, NY as a photographer in their Broadcast Department. He photographs the races and the winning horses and owners in the winner’s circle.
The exhibit will take place at the College of Mount Saint Vincent at the Elizabeth Seton Library, 2nd floor, on Friday, June 5 from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, June 6 from 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
For more information about the exhibit please contact Enrico Giordano, chair of the Fine Arts department at the College of Mount Saint Vincent at 718-405-3481 or firstname.lastname@example.org.