Shedrick Sloane’s start down the path to his career as a superlative fine art wildlife photographer might surprise you. It began when Shed got a camera for his birthday in the 70’s and all he wanted to do was to take pictures of his passion – drag racing. Teaching himself everything he could about the photographic process and quickly growing more than proficient, he approached the staff at the storied York US 30 Drag Strip and got the nod to photograph the events at that major venue.
I spent a few years photographing drag racing at every opportunity and continued to improve my skills. It was extremely exciting. Then I had a year when a few racing friends got killed and I think I emotionally felt that I couldn’t handle that when it went badly so I put down the camera for a few years but I kept in the back of my mind that if I ever found something that gave me a big a rush as that I would photograph again. That thing happened to be nature.
Frustrated by having to entrust so much of his craft to “outsiders” – processing labs, print makers, framers, Shed mastered every part of the process of making the images he envisioned.
I wanted to control all the parts of my work. It turned out to be quite daunting in the film days….I could not wait for the digital age to be mature enough to become viable…the second I thought it was I was there. I had to, of course) learn everything I could learn all I could about the technical side of being a photographer to be able to make the kinds of images I wanted to make. Then I had to learn how to become a printmaker, which is a totally different skill set. Along the way I spent a lot of time in the matting and framing industry to have the final presentation skills I wanted. Involving yourself in all those areas for long enough you get good at what you do.
Shed’s work is testament to his desire to bring his vision to life – and his mastery of all the stages of the process that demands.
I get my ideas because they are all around all of us – every day I can SEE. At heart my only ambition is to create something pretty….as simple as that. I feel fortunate that my work resonates with so many other people. I am eternally thankful to be able to so thoroughly enjoy my creative art and to share it with others.
Shedrick will be at Fall Into Fine Craft with over fifty other fine artisans, so mark your calendar, today! In the meantime, you can see more of his work on his website www.ShedrickArts.com and on the Gallery page of our website www.ybcrafts.org.