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John Shelton

My photographs start as a reflection of nature being spiritual -- something vastly larger, more significant, more relevant, and yet perhaps simpler and more peaceful than we perceive our daily passage.  I like to isolate the power and beauty of our environment, but also like to explore man's interaction with that environment, whether natural or not.  Focusing primarily on natural landscapes, urbanscapes, and architectural work, my imagery emphasizes these natural and manmade elements, separate or together, exploring relationships, drawing attention to the depth and power of my subjects, and isolating their importance within the moment.  Using the tools of perspective and illumination, my photographs highlight the textures, patterns, line, and layers within, while presenting strong contrasts and rich complementary hues throughout. Whether in color or grayscale, the work evokes mood, serenity, solitude, and even an ethereal quality that brings added depth, beauty, and meaning to a thing, place, or situation.

Shelton PhotoWorks has exhibited hundreds of pieces in exhibitions and galleries, and published over 40 photos in the last five years.

Gallery Representation:

Art Center of Estes Park (Juried Membership) - Since 2018


Photo Pensato (Professional Photographic Collective), 2019 to Present

American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), Colorado Chapter, 2017 to Present

         ASMP Colorado Board Member -- Treasurer (2022-2023)

Colorado Photographic Arts Center (CPAC), 2016 to Present

Exhibitions & Awards:

🏅2024 National Photography Show, Louisville, CO (Juried Group Show) -- 1st Place, Human-made

🏅Embracing the Light," Lone Tree Arts Center, CO (Invited Group Show) -- 2024 (3rd Place)

Photo Pensato Exhibition, Sangre de Cristo Art Center, Pueblo, CO (Invited Group Show) -- 2024

🏅 Photographic Arts Center, Members' Show, Honorable Mention (Juried Group Show) -- 2023

Center for the Arts Evergreen, "Immortalized: Lens & Light", Colorado (Invited Group Show) -- 2023

Art Center of Estes Park, "Anywhere But Here", Featured Artist Solo Show, CO -- 2022

Photo Pensato Exhibition, Sangre de Cristo Art Center, Pueblo, CO (Invited Group Show) -- 2022, 2023

Photo Pensato Exhibition, Colorado Mountain College, Leadville (Group Show) -- 2021

Photo Pensato Exhibition, Colorado Mountain College, Vail (Group Show) -- 2021

"National Photography Show", Louisville Art Association, Colorado (Juried Group Show) -- 2021, 2024

"Landscapes", US Bank, Estes Park, Colorado (Solo Show) -- 2021

"Photography: Your Vision" Exhibition, D'Art Gallery, Denver, Colorado (Juried Group Show) -- 2021

Certificate of Completion, Photo Assistant Workshop, ASMP Colorado -- 2020

🏅Merit Award Winner, "Early Spring Marsh," Spanish Peaks Arts Council, LaVeta, CO -- 2020

"2020 Photography Show", Spanish Peaks Arts Council (2 pieces invited), La Veta, CO (Group Show)

"Landscapes & Architecture", Med-X of Estes, Estes Park, CO (Solo Show) -- 2020

"Architectural Studies", Estes Park Health, Estes Park, CO (Solo Show) -- 2019

“3rd Annual Photo Exhibition”, LA Artcore Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (Juried Group Show) — 2019

“5th Annual iPhonography”, Plymouth Center for the Arts, Maryland (Juried Group Show) — 2019

“Meet The New Artists”, Art Center of Estes Park, Colorado (Juried Group Show) — 2019

“Landscape & Architecture”, Black Box Gallery, Portland, Oregon (Juried Group Show) — 2019

“Share the View”, Audubon Society of Greater Denver, Colorado (Juried Semi-Finalist) — 2019

“Snap to Grid”, Los Angeles Center for Digital Arts, California (Unjuried Group Show) — 2018

“Y/OUR Denver”, Denver Architecture Foundation, Colorado (Juried Group Show) — 2018, 2023

Estes Park Valley Community Center, Colorado (Juried, Group Show) — 2018

Estes Park Valley Library, Colorado (Juried, Solo Show) — 2018, 2021


Publications & Broadcast:

"Art In Englewood", Englewood Citizen, Feature Photo, Colorado (Spring 2022)

News Segment, "Sunflowers Marking Support For Ukraine", NBC Nightly News, NY (March 5) -- 2022

News Segment, "Ukrainian" Sunflowers, KWCH-TV, Wichita, KS (March 2,) -- 2022

Lead Article (photo), Estes Park Trail Gazette, "Kruger Rock Fire burns...", CO (November 17) -- 2021

Annual Wall Calendar, Estes Park Trail Gazette, (4 images) -- 2021

Front Page, Estes Park Trail Gazette, Feature Photo, Rustic Fire Damage, CO (November 27) -- 2020

Front Page, Estes Park Trail Gazette, Lead Photo, Cameron Peak Fire, Colorado (August 19) -- 2020

"Inside & Out," Estes Park Trail Gazette, Feature Photo, Colorado (November 27) -- 2020

"Inside & Out," Estes Park Trail Gazette, Feature Article, Colorado (July 8) -- 2020

Estes Park Trail Gazette, Colorado, 30 photo placements -- 2020-2022

"Inside & Out," Estes Park Trail Gazette, Colorado (Section Cover Photo) -- 2020

EP News, Colorado (News Coverage) — 2018

Nevada Magazine (Juried Submission) — 2016

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