I’m Shane Green and I come from the North of England, but I now live in Mallorca. In the past, I’ve worked in textile and paper mills, helped people start worker co-operatives and run a business where I designed, made and sometimes even sold jewellery. My first degree was in Management and my second in Communication.
When and why you started to be interested in photography?
As a teenager I owned a few SLR cameras and shared an interest in photography with my father. We would set out together to photograph landscapes, seascapes and towns at night. This was pre-digital, pre-autofocus and pre-TTL light metering. By comparison with today’s digital equipment you couldn’t help but be experimental. However, I never really achieved results that pleased me and I became concerned that trying to capture images with a camera meant that I wasn’t engaging enough with the world directly. For a long time I found it liberating not to have a camera and to not feel any pressure to capture an image, other than in my memory. However, about 5 years ago, I realised I had spent too long working in the micro world of jewellery and that picking up a camera again gave me a wonderful excuse for getting out of the workshop and seeing the world.
What do you expect of this year and who do you want the most to have class with?
I feel that my photographic practice lacks coherence and direction. When I picked up a camera again a few years ago I felt like a child with a new toy. I had a lot of fun, chasing around photographing events, festivals, people and places. I don’t regret that, but I feel that it’s time to move on and think more seriously about what I am doing. I need to do that to sustain my own enthusiasm and to create truly interesting work. I hope that participating in the course will help me in that process. I don’t have a preconceived idea of which class is going to be the best for me. I’m more familiar with the work of some of the tutors than others, but I see this year as a period of discovery and reflection for me, so I’m going to soak it all up. I hope there may be a few surprises during the year.
What do you expect of the rest of the students?
I hope that we will trust each other enough to speak honestly about our own and each other’s work. And we are not so totally absorbed in our own work that we cannot spare time for each other.
There is something else we should know about you?
I once lived in a yellow VW camper van for a year.
I love dogs and take photos of dogs in shelters to help get them adopted.
I have a post – graduate diploma in making paper….
I hate celery.