Curiosity has driven nearly every aspect of my existence. I have an immense fascination with the natural world that fuels my motivation to create, learn and understand. I'm on an epic quest to visually document the things on this planet that make the world interesting; what makes people different, how people live, how we're similar and what could be learned from it all. You can call me a photographer, but I'm not as interested in taking your picture as I am interested in capturing who you are. I make compositional photographs as a means to satisfy my urge to create visually compelling documentations to describe an aspect of culture, examine the beauty of science, and ultimately share my lens of compassion, understanding, and innate worldly intrigue with others.
Artist + Danielle Shubert
Describe your art in three words. Cultural, explorative, microcosmic
Describe yourself in one word. Curious
What do you love the most about creating art in New Orleans? What particular part of your immediate environment, in your neighborhood specifically influences your work? It's the most fascinating place in the country. With an obsession that came from literally nowhere and after google mapping the streets of New Orleans for months at a time while living in New York City, I decided to take a train with a single suitcase to spend a max of two months here to get this place out of my system. It's been six years and I'm still here. There's so much history, so much culture, such interesting biodiversity and beautiful, engaging people with a tendency to live in the moment.
Describe your creative process. Are there any rituals or rites of passage you exercise before you begin a new piece? I garner an idea and do it with little thought.
Where do you draw inspiration? Science. Everything. The swamp, scientific journals, cultural studies, anthropology, but mostly anything regarding light or the electromagnetic spectrum.
Who are your artistic influences or gurus? Botero, Mark Ryden, James McClung.. all painters
In New Orleans, art and music go hand in hand. What type of music, band or song lyric best describes your work? I feel that's dependent on the viewer.
Where can we find you when you are not creating art? Places that are beautiful. The Barataria Preserve, Rue De La Course, Ponchatoula, any sleepy, old-timey town outside New Orleans.
What is your favorite time of day/day of the week/month of the year? Dawn and Dusk! Thursday, the day before the BIG day is always the most exciting for me. Anticipation is one of my most favorite feelings. I'm a sucker for Summer. I love the plants, animals, and insects the heat and humidity elicit in the swamps.
What is something people don’t know about you? A fun fact. I rode an ostrich once.
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