Views of a new city

Several years ago, I did a photographic series of panned architectural structures in San Francisco, and is something I am re-visiting here in Charlotte.

To me, panning is one way for to photographically depict the experience of looking all around me, and being fully immersed in a location. As I’m exploring and getting to know a new place, working some more on this series seemed very relevant.

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Close in Peace

Close in Peace

I never quite feel satisfied, leaving a place when I have not gotten a photograph I like — it always feels as if something is unfinished.
This was my experience on a recent trip to Monterey, CA, until the very last moment as the sun was setting. Everything became still, except for the swirling tide. The birds settled on their rocks, an amazing color came into the sky and I set up this long-exposure photograph!

Immersive Landscape

Immersive Landscape

I love that moment, being out in nature, when suddenly everything else falls away except the sights, sounds and smells which surround you. The stresses and hang-ups of modern life are replaced by a heightened awareness of the light falling on the ocean, the wind in the trees or the smell of wet earth or tree-bark baking in the sun.
That all-encompassing experience is difficult to reproduce in photographs, but the closest I can get is with my giant panoramas. This one can be printed up to 6 feet wide and displayed as one long image; or in sections, mimicking a scene through several windows.

New Online Store!

New Online Store!

Having spent a few years gathering an insane number of images of the local landscape, here in California, I decided it was time to open a store!

The images represent what I love and marvel at in the world around me — from landscapes to cities — and I would love to share that with you. For more information about my work, please visit http://www.rachelshuler.com

I will be continuously adding to the available images, so check back often, and Like Rachel Shuler Photography on Facebook to get the inside scoop on special offers, new images and limited editions!

I really appreciate your interest in my work!

Perception

Perception

Reflections have always fascinated me. Their source, in reality, is apparent, but their translation through the medium of water makes them something entirely different — mysterious and open to interpretation.

Memory

Memory

Memories are hard to define. They’re fleeting reflections of things past, colored momentarily by things present.
When the memory of a time or place pops into my mind, it is usually as a combination of locations, experiences and feelings, and the recollection is often influenced by my present mood.
This image is part of a series I am working on presently, which aims to visually portray those fleeting moments of thought, impression and reminiscence.