|Selfportrait © Shane Lavalette|
Shane Lavalette, one of the photographers selected in 2012 as a Foam Talent, was interviewed as part of the 2013 Foam Talent Call. His portfolio appeared in Foam Magazine issue #32/Talent.
Can you tell us a little about yourself?
My name is Shane Lavalette. I was born in Vermont, and am currently living in Upstate New York. I have a BFA from Tufts University in partnership with the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. When I'm not making photography, I work as the Publisher and Editor of Lay Flat and the Associate Director of Light Work. I enjoy good food, good company, and the good ol' outdoors.
It was photography itself, really. I got serious about taking pictures around the age of fifteen when I discovered the black and white darkroom. I think working in there reminded me of my childhood fascination with photography. I'm not in the darkroom much these days, but am still enjoying the magic of the medium.
I've been reading Foam Magazine for some time now, and always enjoy seeing the work that's featured and the young artists in the Talent issues. Having just completed a large body of work as a commission for the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, I thought it would be a nice time to start sharing some of the pictures. I'm glad the editorial team responded well to the project and decided to include it.
It varies by project, as it should. For this particular one, I shot everything with a medium format Mamiya, scanned the negatives on an Imacon, and made prints on Canson paper. These were the first digital prints I have been happy with.
I've always been been interested in graphic design, and in music. I recently designed and produced the first full-length album titled Be Good for an up and coming Chicago-based artist, Cross Record. She chose a photograph of mine for the cover. That LP can be purchased here.
Depends on the day. Generally I look outside of photography for inspiration, and bring it back into my work. Most recently, as I mentioned, music has been very important. I'm enjoying classically inspired guitarists lately-the likes of John Fahey, Jack Rose, Glenn Jones, Steffan Basho-Junghans, and others.
Impossible. I spend most of my time looking at photographs in books, and there's a new one every week, if not every day. I feature some of those here.
I've been experimenting a lot, trying to push my practice, and exploring more conceptual approaches to image making.
The issue helped me get my work into the hands of many other artists, gallerists, curators, etc., of which a few opportunities and connections have come from.
Be passionate, make work, share it. That's all.