"If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves." T.A. Edison
I am Shantha Marie Fountain (a conceptual photographer and artist in the Fort Myers, Florida area), and if you know me, then you DEFINITELY know that you have found the "right" me!
However, if you are new to me, then let me lay down some knowledge for you:
Art has always been a part of my life since I was discovered by one of my most favorite art teachers in middle school. She showed me a way and a light through art I had never experienced until then. I nurtured and fed that passion throughout my young adult life, but just like life, my priorities took me down a few different paths. After a decade of roaming, I made my way back home into an arts community and found photography and design to be new things (great things) I get to explore beyond my fine arts background.
When asked not too long ago, the end of 2013, I believe, about what fascinates me about portraits and retouching, I said, "Retouching, to me, is removing the distractions to show the true beauty of the subject", and it is true. I speculate that I use the same tools to draw the viewer's eye to different things as I did in fine arts from my past. I don't believe in changing the subjects appearance to the point of creating a stranger in the pixels, I think that would do a disservice to myself and those that I capture, but to get the world to see all those amazing qualities that I see when I am behind the lens, now that it something to really put pride in.
I am of Russian descent and enjoy cooking (and eating) foods from all over the globe. Cultures of other countries fascinate me, and I love to observe them. Human nature is one of the most amazing and terrifying things.
"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: His eyes are closed."
"Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new."
~Albert Einstein~ (An amazing human being)
Is that what really makes up me? Of course not! This is only the introduction, remember...
“Remember the high board at the swimming pool? After days of looking up at it you finally climbed the wet steps to the platform. From there, it was higher than ever. There were only two ways down: the steps to defeat or the dive to victory. You stood on the edge, shivering in the hot sun, deathly afraid. At last you leaned too far forward, it was too late for retreat, and you dived. The high board was conquered, and you spent the rest of the day diving. Climbing a thousand high boards, we demolish fear, and turn into human beings.”
~Richard Bach A Gift of Wings~
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