Charleston Style and Design

SUM 2013

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C U LT U R E Photographer with a Mission Charleston photographer Paul Shatz portrays natural beauty wherever he fnds it BY E R I N HOLADAY Z I EG LE R C harleston photographer Paul Shatz welcomes me into his North Charleston studio with a warm handshake and open grin. Like his current focus on images of beauty in unexpected places, Shatz's rented space off of bustling Ashley Phosphate Road feels oddly homey. Shatz's world is one of paradoxes. In an era of diminishing silver print photography, Shatz brings his viewers the deep and magical imagery of pensive darks, luminous whites and dreamy middle grays. 202 CHARLESTON STYLE & DESIGN | SUMMER 13 He photographs the overlooked as well as the overexposed, all on large format black and white flm. Shatz's images of Watkins Glen, New York, and the Hocking Hills of Ohio are as touching as his impressions of our renowned Angel Oak. "Although photography is theoretically a representation of what one sees, I don't try to show what a landscape looked like in my photos," Shatz explains. "I want to show my audience what I was feeling." What began as an elective in college has become a passion for Shatz, who makes his living traveling 30–35 weeks a year showing and selling his silver gelatin photographs at America's top juried art festivals. "I want to use my artwork for something greater than my own expression," Shatz says. "I want to inspire people to elevate their sense of conservation and preservation." Shatz's path to Charleston was a long one, and—like any well-taken photo-

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