Certified as Photo Assistant -- ASMP

September 27, 2020

John Shelton has received a Certification of Completion for the Photography Assistant Workshop sponsored by the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), Colorado, completed on September 27, 2020.  In addition to being an active professional photographer, Shelton's participation in the Assist Workshop prepares him to work effectively in a studio or on-site shooting environment for other photographers.  This includes the use of lighting equipment, modifiers, stands, backdrops, booms, and editing software.

Photo Makes Front Page News

August 19, 2020

Two photos of the Cameron Peak Fire were published in the main news story in the Estes Park Trail Gazette on August 19, 2020.  The fire, clearly tragic in scope, provided the backdrop for images taken from Alpine Ridge above Trail Ridge Road on Saturday, August 16.  Images include a color and color panoramic of the fire, plus an unpublished black and white 400mm close-up of the central fire plume.

"Early Spring Marsh" Wins Merit Award in La Veta Exhibition

July 29, 2020

Kathy Hill, President of the Spanish Peaks Arts Council in La Veta, Colorado, announced today that John Shelton has won a Merit Award for his entry, "Early Spring Marsh," in the Color Category.  His work was invited for exhibition by the Council for its 2020 Annual Photography Exhibition.  The opening reception will be held at the Council's Gallery on August 1st.  The exhibition will run from July 28 through August 29, 2020.  The image was taken in spring 2019 near the Fern Lake trailhead in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Judge's Commentary:  "I enjoy the de-romanticized swampy feeling of this place.  The subdued colors are stark, and the whole piece speaks of decay and rebirth so eloquently." -- Cynthia Hollings-Morris

Two landscapes invited by Spanish Peaks Arts Council for their 2020 Photography Exhibition

July 23, 2020

The Spanish Peaks Arts Council (SPACe) promotes and encourages educational events in the arts in the Spanish Peaks region of southern Colorado.  Their annual photography exhibition is open to all arts internationally, but with works included through invitation only.  The exhibition is open to the public, July 28 through August 29, 2020.

PhotoWorks featured in Trail Gazette

July 08, 2020

In support of two ongoing exhibits up through September in Estes Park, Shelton PhotoWorks was recently featured in the Estes Park Trail Gazette's "In & Out" Section of the E-Edition, July 8, 2020.

New Collage Exhibit Installed at Estes Park Health

July 03, 2020

Installed at Estes Park Health, Shelton PhotoWorks is featuring six large photographic collage pieces inspired by the work of artist, David Hockney.  In these images, I seek to find the moment to be uncertain, more fleeting — less a projection of the frozen “instant,” but rather a statement of movement within a static frame.  Here we see the future and the past all at once, the displacement of a photographic “reality,” and the fragile instability of present time.  People and things reappear elsewhere; embracing the known becomes unknown; perspectives become altered, and we are forced to examine our changing world differently.  The display at Estes Park Health will run July-September, 2020.

On Display at Med-X of Estes Park

June 21, 2020

This is Shelton PhotoWork's largest solo exhibit to date totaling 37 images overall.  The majority of pieces include images of natural landscapes, and architecture, with a few additional shots featuring places specific to the community of Estes Park.  The show is free and open to the public -- all pieces are for sale and will be on display through August 2020.

Publication Strikes Again.....

June 15, 2020

Four new photo placements of spring imagery placed in the Estes Park Trail Gazette, taken as recently as May 23 at Red Mountain Open Space in Larimer County, Colorado -- published, June 5-12, 2020.

On Display in the Trail Gazette

April 05, 2020

Shelton Photoworks has an image featured in the Estes Park Trail Gazette in the April 1st edition, In & Out Section, Mountain Memories.

Thirteen New Works On Display!

January 03, 2020

Shelton PhotoWorks has started the new year with a total of thirteen new landscape images now on display at the Art Center of Estes Park in Colorado.  The works include mostly color, plus black and white works representing scenery from throughout Colorado and Wyoming.  Several images are specific to subjects found in Rocky Mountain National Park and the Pawnee Grasslands in northeastern Colorado.

PhotoWorks on Display at Estes Park Health

August 02, 2019

Throughout the months of August and September 2019, Shelton PhotoWorks will feature examples of its architectural portfolio in a solo exhibition on the 2nd floor of Estes Park Health in Colorado.  The work focuses on black and white images taken in Denver, Saint Louis and Red Rocks, CO, in 2018.  Architectural shapes, line, patterns and textures have always been a personal passion in the high-contrast environment of black and white presentation.  Structures feature the Saint Louis Arch, Denver's Union Station, the Pulitzer Museum, and Denver International Airport, among others.

Shelton PhotoWorks moves into Photo Collage

March 11, 2019

In an effort to move in more creative directions, and working beyond the basic image, Shelton PhotoWorks is starting to work with multiple images in the form of photo collage inspired by artists such as David Hockney and Abigail Reynolds.  It's a process of shooting multiple images from a single spot, or from two spots in close proximity, but with different perspectives to add variety.  The frames are layered in Photoshop and overlapped, staggered or extended out towards the viewer on a large canvas.  The distortions, changing exposures, and content perspectives create a sense of a ripple in time, duplicitous imagery and variety of perspectives that challenge the viewer's sense of stability in hard image photography and up-end the frozen-image-in-time concept often associated with standard image photography.   More examples of John's photo collage work are located in the Abstract Portfolio (button), or done by others on display on John's Pintrest page (just click the image).

Published in an Art Book

February 26, 2019

The recent Black Box Gallery exhibition, "Landscape and Architecture", which featured Shelton PhotoWorks' "Red Rocks Vomitorium", has now been published in a book by the same name.  Now available at Blurb Books.

"Mobility of America" on Display at LA Artcore

February 01, 2019

LA Artcore, one of Los Angeles' more prominent galleries in the downtown art district, has selected Shelton PhotoWorks' "Mobility of America" as one of the pieces for its Third Annual Photography Exhibition, running February 1-28, 2019.  Artist selection was juried by Aline Smithson.  A photographic artist and educator, Smithson currently has her work on exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery in London.

New Artists on Display at Art Center of Estes Park

January 16, 2019

The current exhibition at the Art Center of Estes Park features the work of artist members who joined the Art Center the previous year. This year's exhibit runs from January 4-February 10, 2019, and celebrates seven very talented artists and their variety of media: 

Russ Anson ~ Photography 

Carole Barton ~ Watercolor 

Bruce Boynton ~ Oil 

Laura Davis ~ Photography & Photo Collage 

Barb Richards ~ Fiber 

Pat Sebern ~ Oil & Pastel 

John Shelton ~ Photography

PhotoWorks Imagery Lands at Plymouth Rock....Sort Of.

January 14, 2019

The Plymouth Center for the Arts (Maryland) . announced its selections for its juried 5th Annual I-Phonography Exhibition, opening on January 17, 2019, through February 28.  Shelton PhotoWorks' "Ladder" is included in the online exhibition. The Center's intent is to recognize that mobile digital devices offer the opportunity for spontaneous photos, an intuitive artistic workflow, and a multitude of easily available creative applications.  Any image taken with a mobile device, (cell phones, tablets, or iPads) were eligible.  "Ladder" is a black and white digital print taken with an I-Phone 8 in Loveland, Colorado.

PhotoWorks To Exhibit Architectural Work In Portland

December 26, 2019

Black Box Gallery has accepted one of Shelton PhotoWorks' images, "Red Rocks Vomitorium" as part of its main gallery presentations in the upcoming Landscape & Architecture" exhibition, running from January 1-20, 2019.  Black Box Gallery is dedicated to the exhibition of contemporary photography.  Black Box’s juried international photo shows provide important opportunities for emerging and established photographers. Black Box supports and encourages the creative production, exhibition and critical appreciation of contemporary photography.

"Yellow Bus Stop" on Display at LA Center for Digital Arts

December 13, 2018

Every year, the Center for Digital Arts hosts their "Snap to Grid" open show, displaying hundreds of unframed works from around the world.  Shelton PhotoWork's "Yellow Bus Stop" was included in the exhibition that runs from December 13, 2018 through January 5, 2019.

Shelton PhotoWorks Image Included in New Architectural Exhibition

November 07, 2018

The Colorado Photographic Arts Center, in conjunction with the Denver Architecture Foundation, has selected the work of John Shelton, along with the work of 29 other artists to participate in a juried online exhibition from a field of 205 total submissions.  The exhibition, entitled "Y/OUR Denver" was created as an extension of DAF's annual Doors Open Denver festival.  Y/OUR Denver features photographic work that includes architectural imagery of and about Denver, and was juried by Samantha Johnston, Executive Director of Colorado Photographic Arts Center.

Shelton Selected as Participating Artist at Art Center of Estes Park

October 05, 2018

Established as Estes Park's longest running and most established non-profit arts gallery for 31 years, the Art Center of Estes Park has included the works of John Shelton as a participating member on its artist roster.  Following a juried entry process, seven new pieces from Shelton PhotoWorks are now officially on exhibition at the Center beginning in October.  The Art Center of Estes Park represents local and regional artists from The Rocky Mountain area. It's a non-profit gallery featuring the high-quality artwork of 40 local Colorado regional artists in a broad selection of media: oil, acrylic, mixed media, watercolor, pastel, etchings, jewelry, ceramics, glass, fiber, photography, sculpture, and wood.

Shelton PhotoWorks On Display At Estes Park Valley Library

March 02, 2018

The monthly art display at the Estes Park Valley Library will feature a retrospective of sixteen Shelton PhotoWorks images, including landscapes, architecture and street photography.  This is the Library's first exhibit since remodeling last year.  The exhibit will run from March 3, 2018 through March 31, 2018 on both floors in the main library.

Estes Valley Community Center Displays Shelton PhotoWorks Image

February 05, 2018

The Art Program, featured as part of the opening of the new Estes Valley Community Center, will include a Shelton PhotoWorks image, "Long's Peak In Clouds".  The full exhibition is a changing gallery in the main lower lobby, featuring the work of local artists, by invitation, for periods of three months at a time.  The current exhibit will run from the opening on March 3, 2018 through May 2018.

Nevada Magazine selects Shelton PhotoWorks image for Jan/Feb 2018 Issue

November 03, 2017

Entitled "Rancho San Rafael Winter”, this shot was taken January 3, 2016 at Rancho San Rafael Park in north Reno just west of the Wilber Day May Museum on the fields where the Reno Balloon Races are generally held in September.  1/250sec, f9 18-50mm Canon lens.  As a resident of Reno at the time, I had already speculated on shooting some isolated trees in Rancho San Rafael, and felt this particular day might make a nice outing for “bleak” winter themes.  The sky was thick with inversion and would provide both a muting of the sun and a monochromatic backdrop for foreground subjects.  In this particular shot, I was especially pleased with the linear format of the fence, white on white, and the symmetry of the trees (some bare, and some still with leaves) in alternating succession.

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