‘Shoeman Nature’ – a personal photography project
So what does ‘Shoeman Nature’ stand for? At this point of time, for me, the “Shoeman Nature” stands for something along these lines: human nature, alter egos, one of a kinds, personal thought processes, stepping into shoeman’s shoes, looking back at the steps of life, looking at oneself, past memories or dreams of life to come, you and me, you or me, some one, one life.
I began toying with a similar theme or idea of photographing a pair of shoes in different life situations already in the mid ’90s while active at my university camera club. Now some 20 years later the renamed “shoeman” resurfaced from my subconscious somewhere. A particular image photographed in November 2016 In Memoriam my late cousin kicked off the whole process actually.
Then simultaneously in November I started working on a photo journal for the Art of Photography photo assignments challenge, for a set of 10 image variations of the same theme. My theme: Shoeman Nature – naturally. It all started to click together, as I pitched my Shoeman Nature project to be exhibited, and got selected by theNorthern Photography Centre for my very first solo exhibition. I’m humbled, excited, grateful and feeling empowered!
The below Shoeman Nature photographs were exhibited at the Northern Photography Centre in Oulu, Finland‚ during Feb 6 – Mar 5, 2017. It’s was my first ever solo exhibition!