Today’s Artwork of the Day is Navajo Way, a 13″ x 19″ digital photograph by Linda and Theodore M. Shinkle.
Collaborative photographers Linda and Theodore M. Shinkle snowshoe, cross-country ski, hike, boat and don waders to capture rare and unique moments in the natural and human worlds. For today’s Artwork of the Day the mother-and-son duo ventured deep into the Navajo Tribal Park in Monument Valley, Utah:
Leo Lightfoot, a Navajo guide, took us to this rarely viewed sacred site. Wind and water eroded the sandstone over the last 50 million years, forming this double arch. The fleeting golden early morning light furthered nature’s handiwork by additionally carving remarkable shapes into the largest arch.
Inspired by shapes, abstraction, texture and the connectivity of light, shadows, and reflections, the Shinkles stage tableaux through the camera lens in a technique known as light painting.
Location work begins our artistic process with fulfillment coming after digital dark room editing, developing and postprocessing. Our process delivers a highly nuanced, stylized body of work, evoking an interpretive emotional response rather than a literal experience. We photograph where feelings coincide at the intersection of technology and compelling composition.
Trained in darkroom techniques at the University of Michigan, Linda continued her studies at the Sorbonne University of Paris and with National Geographic photographers in Italy. Linda obtained her Juris Doctor, practicing law while continuing to pursue her passion for photography. She gave her son Theodore his first camera at age three. After he grew up and received a Bachelor of Arts from Denison University in Granville, Ohio, he studied photography at FAMU and Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. Picking up work experience in the cinema industry, he then joined creative forces with his mother. Since then they have photographed on location on five continents. Linda and Theodore both reside in Michigan, and their work has been exhibited in galleries and shows around the country.
As Charter Members of Artexpo Studio, Linda and Theodore are now making their work available to a wider collecting public through museum-quality art prints. Visit their Artexpo Studio page to view their work or buy it directly in a range of sizes.
We look forward to seeing Linda and Theodore Shinkle at Artexpo New York on Pier 92, March 22-25. If you’re there, come meet them. You can also learn more about this uniquely brilliant photographic duo at their Artexpo Studio page or at shinklephotography.com.