No. 161 - Fall Issue 2023: MEET MY MUSE

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"Just got my issue of Shots Magazine titled Muse. This is the BEST issue since I have been subscribing. Wonderful creative thought provoking images with near perfect printing. Great job!!!!!"  - Charles Z.




Artists featured in this issue:

Geoffrey Agrons: New Hope, PA│

Jessica Ahrens: Hamburg, NY│

Ray Bidegain: Portland, OR

Abbie Briggs: Sun Prairie, WI │

Susan Marie Carlo: Victoria, TX │

Carson Carroll: Charleston, SC │

John Christenson: St. Paul, MN │

Max Cohen: Spring Hope, NC│

Roman Coia: West Chester, PA │

Sinden Collier: Houston, TX

Seth Cook: Milledgeville, GA │

Chera DeHoff-Federle: Knightdale, NC

Jeremiah Dine: Hastings on Hudson, NY

Walt Duddington: Beaverton, OR  @atelier_lawrence

Michael Dvorak: Robbinsdale, MN │

Brinda Earnest: Chicago, IL │ no website

Michael Epps: New York, NY

Natalie Finney: Seaford, VIC, Australia

Emily Fisher: Bedford, NY

Ellen Giamportone: Beverly Hills, CA

Rohina Hoffman: Sherman Oaks,

Summer Hughes: Vancouver, WA

Judi Iranyi: San Francisco, CA

Frank Jackson: Chatsworth, CA │

Kim Jarett: Louisville, KY │@kjarettphotography

David Johnson: Conway, SC

Michealann Kelley: Cincinnati, OH │ no website

Katelyn Kopenhaver: Miami, FL

Steve Lease: Doylestown, PA  no website

Taylor Lebsock: St. Paul, MN @taylarlar

Nadine Levin: San Mateo, CA

Merete Lien: Tydal, Norway  no website

Susan Lirakis: Center Sandwich, NH

Christina McFaul: La Jolla, CA

Kate Miller-Wilson: Hanover, MN │ @katemillerwilson

Raheleh Mohammad: Cleveland, OH

Kelly O'Leary: Port Orange, FL

Walt Polley: Edina, MN

Melanie Schoeniger: Weilheim in Oberbayern, Germany

Vin Sharma: Brooklyn, NY

Paul David Shea: Plymouth, MA

Dennis Sivack: Brooklyn, NY  no website

Wendy Stone: Woodstock, CT

JP Terlizzi: Lyndhurst, NJ

The Blue Hour: Nashville, TN

Nichole Tomajanovich: Katy, TX  @nicholettat

Ines Valente: Aveiro, Portugal

John Wagner: Phoenix, AZ

Ty Waller: Chattanooga, TN  no website

Nina Weinberg Doran: Mount Kisco, NY │

Susan Marie White: Pleasantville, NY

Helen Whittle: Molong, NSW, Australia

Carl Young: Santa Monica, CA │



 Image Grace (Guatemala) © Laura Valenti

I have long been transfixed by this quiet, gentle yet powerful image, by dear friend and colleague Laura Valenti.  I have no idea why, but I always assumed this was a self-portrait.  And I do admit I have a 'thing' for self-portraits.  In fact, Laura's first published photo was a self-portrait in Shots Magazine when she was 17 years old. Recently, when talking with Laura, I discovered the arm and hand are actually those of her friend. I had to grapple with if, and how, that fact it wasn't actually a self-portrait changed my perception and attraction to this image.  In the end  I think I'm even more impressed that she managed to make an image of such intimacy by placing someone else in the frame. My draw to this image remains. ■

—Douglas Beasley, Shots Publisher