SHO SHIN

Sho shin means beginner's mind, a mind that is open to possibilities. It is this state that has freed me to make art for almost sixty years. The Galleries contain the outcome of that practice. It is my hope that you will enjoy what is shared here.

 

PEOPLE / PORTRAITS

My first photographs were of people in their personal space or in the street. I began photographing artists in 1979 first working with my teachers and friends, those I had exhibited with beginning in 1961. There are now over 300 portraits of artists in my archive. Over the last three years my focus has been on women in art to bring my archive into gender parity.

 
 

MOTHER EARTH

My Father, Glen Fishback, taught me photography, the love of the landscape and fine black and white print. Also, my middle name is after Edward Weston who along with my father shared his love of photographing on the land. The landscape, Mother Earth, has shared her energy with me all my life.

MANDALAS AND...

Over the past ten years or so I have viewed the Earth with slightly different eyes. The Mandala as a tool in meditation to facilitate a more focused mind has afforded me with a new way to see Mother Earth.

DRAWINGS & SCULPTURE

After deciding to be a teacher in 1962 the bulk of my college education was in mediums other than photography. Ceramics, both traditional and pure fine are sculpture, became what gained me degrees; BFA at the San Francisco Art Institute, 1967 and MFA at the University of California, Davis in 1970. I was blessed to be a part of a shift, an expansion of possibilities in clay working with people like Robert Arneson, William Wiley, Roy Deforest and Jim Melchert.

COMMERCIAL PHOTOGRAPHY

Commercail photography payed the bills beginning in 1979 and made possible the portraits of artists project.

 
 

 "Life is a letting process. So get out of your own way. "

 
 

Michael Himmovitz 1983

MICHAEL

In the mid 1980s I made a series of nudes of Michael Himmovitz and exhibited them in his gallery in Sacramento, CA.

Chuck Close, New York, 1982

Portraits of Artists

Check out the portraits of artists gallery as well.

Dario

Kids Making Faces

In 2004 I worked with a second grade class near where I live. My only direction was to make a face.

Apu Shasta Mandala

Mandalas

This mandala was made using a photogaraph of Mount Shasta in Northern California. My second teaching job in 1971 was at College of the Siskiyous in Weed at the foot of Mount Shasta.


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