Stephen Malshuk: Shingle Mill Creek









July 3rd – July 18th

If a person asks why photograph an area that is just a relatively short walk and is “just” a non-spectacular wooded creek and is best for just walking, I would simply make a sweeping gesture towards the photos.

The thing that every photographer is asked at every photography exhibit is as follows:

  • 1 – What camera(s) did you use? (point and shoot to medium format)
  • 2- What lenses did you use? (12 to 200 mm).
  • 3 – Did you print your own prints? (Yep.)
  • 4 – What paper did you use? (Hahnemuhle 308 gsm)
  • 5 – What printer did you use? (Canon Pro-2000)

My bucket list includes photographing on all the 7 continents – only one more to go. The diversity of the people and landscape on this planet is amazing. Multiple lifetimes would allow anyone to see it all.

The thing is, less than a mile from my summer residence, is a wooded creek. The more visits made, the more intimate each visit becomes. Shingle Mill’s personality changes with the season, the time of day, and the weather. The personality can comforting, discomforting, beautiful to downright boring. And when it’s boring and no photographs are taken, you do get good exercise and lots of fresh air.

Another benefit of photographing Shingle Mill Creek – no passport or multiple hour journeys and time changes are necessary. You always leave the creek refreshed.