The formal qualities of Shea Daniel’s photographs bear witness to his parallel practice as a sculptor. His acute eye for shape and contour, the graphic elements within a composition, is softened by a developing painterly feel for texture and color. Daniel is continually investigating the possibilities of photography; his images are the result of both intuition and calculation.
Daniel is intrigued and energized by the density and chaos of the city. In his personal projects he has addressed urbanization and industry, and particularly the effects of their decline on landscape and community. His photographs maintain an integrity of emotion across considered archetypes – as in his book project on the fictitious Rust Belt city of Blisner, Illinois – and in documenting the lives of real working people.