Quick Chat – Alan Shapiro

Who’s Game for an Impromptu Interview?

Last week while I was at Photo Plus Expo in New York City, I did a series of fun interviews. I decided to call them “Quick Chats”. Cause, well, that’s what they are!

The premise: Grab whomever I could for a couple of minutes and ask ’em a bunch of questions, man-on-the-street style. I was going for super impromptu, very real & authentic, fun – even silly. I just wanted to know what would happen if I said “Hi What’s new?” and let it rip.**

We kick it off with Alan Shapiro, who’s a dear friend and unbelievably creative and talented photographer. Alan resides in a world of creativity that is just rarified. I love how he thinks, love his work… love him!

He’s working on a book project called “Among Us’, which he explains. Of course, we horse around on our way to the point. Heh.

My fabulous friend and photography partner in crime Laurie Rubin shot the video… THANK YOU LAURIE! She did this on my Sony NEX-7. The video is organic, real and intended to feel kinda like standing right there.

** Note: No one I asked turned me down. It was really just an experiment… now I want to do more!

LIL Galleries: Shifting Gears

I have an awesome little project called  LIL Galleries. On the website, I describe it as new kind of art gallery; a tasty multimedia blend photographic art, music and story. The name has two meanings. One… “L’il”… refers to the fact that it’s small. Personal. Intimate. Experiencing art the way it was intended; just the two of you.

The other spelling (which is the one I chose to use) is “LIL” and it’s meaning much closer to my heart: “Life is Light”, from both a photographer and a soul perspective. It’s the tagline I’m using more and more of the time in my work. It fits me both as a photographer, because we capture light – and as a person, because I really do feel that life IS light.

Here’s an example of one of the shows, “My Heart” by Alan Shapiro:
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LIL Galleries: Love

I love photography. I love music. I love them together, separately, it just doesn’t matter.
I love Love and know for sure that in the end, Love is All. So there you have it.
LIL Galleries is my passion project: photographs, music, voice and story (two more things I love), all rolled into one. I see it as a new form of arts gallery, really; presenting artists’ (photographer and musician alike) work in a way that tells a story. Soothes souls. Gives folks a break. Reminds us of our hearts. This particular show is a blend of old and new: it’s about a group of 20 photographers who all met and became friends on the modern day phenomenon that is Google+. Whose story of “Love” is set to a truly old fashioned tune by Bing Crosby, dated 1937. All about… yup. Love.

The “LIL” in LIL Galleries stands for “Life is Light.” Because life is, in every way possible, an expression of light. It also, of course, means “small.” Continue reading “LIL Galleries: Love”