Artist's Statement
 I am a fine arts photographer out of Richmond, Virginia working in traditional nature, night, and monochrome photography, as well as photo manipulations. The portfolios showcase natural beauty by daylight, artificial light by night, and striking imagery with the monochrome work and in general, whereas the photo edits are experimental in nature. In any instance, everything captured is shown in its best or most vivid light possible. Most of my photography has a Gothic or otherworldly feel to it as a result of this.
The nature photography makes use of natural lighting entirely. I seek to display nature in all its beauty, and to remain as accurate as possible while letting enhanced elements jump out at the viewer to create interesting imagery.
With night photography, the work displays the effects created by artificial light at night, typically in urban environments, or of them viewed from a distance. As the artificial and unnatural take on a surreal energy after dark, whatever light is available locally creates scenes that take advantage of that atmosphere.
In monochrome work what is seen is mostly starker imagery; the subject matter varies more in black and white, but the sharp rawness of the work is what matters.
The photo manipulations show my style displayed in a more uninhibited fashion, as concern for accuracy is dropped in exchange for greater freedom of expression.
I find my subject matter through serendipity and exploration. Overall, my efforts are geared towards creating works which highlight my subject matter in a manner that make them somewhat out of this world yet nonetheless true to life as I wander with my camera.
-Adam Shurte                               
 
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