Goldfish thriving outside a water-filled bowl, goldfish swimming through orange paint to gain their golden hue, Goldfish crackers becoming real fish on contact with water…photographer Steven Shpall creates these far-fetched, often humorous, images to stir up a sense of wonder. Shpall wants his viewers to scrutinize his abstract and surreal scenes and ask, “How did he do that?”
“I have always looked at life from a different perspective, and that is reflected in my photos.”
“I will start with a photograph, and then add or move elements to achieve the final image,” Shpall says of his photo manipulation and composition process.
As for the subject matter that speaks to him, Shpall says, “I have always looked at life from a different perspective, and that is reflected in my photos. I’ll shoot anything I can get in front of my lens, and if I can get it to splash, even better.”
Steven Shpall’s playful photography will be on display at Midpen Media’s studio art walk through the end of June. Later this summer, Palo Alto’s Gallery House will display a series of Shpall’s travel portraits.