Kurt Shaffer Photographs
As a young teenager, Kurt received a camera from his father, a gesture greatly underestimated at the time.
Growing up in California and Illinois, Kurt found much to photograph from the start. A deep love of nature and its conservation was sparked during his scouting years by his Eagle Scout father, while from his artistic mother he inherited a natural eye for composition. These qualities pervade his work to this day.
In the early 1990s, Kurt began a transition into what for many years now has been a full-time professional photography career, encompassing a wide range of commercial photography as well as creating fine art nature, landscape and abstract photographs.
“My therapy is time spent in nature,” he says, which he shares in the purest form possible, noting that “what I photograph in nature is not subjected to Photoshop manipulation.”
One early expression of his love of nature was the creation of PhotoHealing, an art therapy project in the form of a multimedia slide show that saw wide presentation in healthcare facilities, churches, libraries and other venues. Today’s version of PhotoHealing is a monthly e-mail newsletter featuring Kurt’s selection of the month’s most beautiful and intriguing photos published since 2011.
Since 1980, Kurt has called Cleveland, Ohio home, and has found endless photographic opportunity throughout the state, in every season. He often startles viewers with the beauty he finds in the commonplace: “I see beauty in places and things many pass by unawares.”
Since 2011, Kurt has been able to reach a greatly expanded audience, sharing his work commercially through a licensing agent, selling thousands of images worldwide each year.