It's a very rare thing to find that kind of patience these days, and it was not only the waiter who was patient. Shane was patient with me in a way that only my best friends are - those people who know me well enough to know that I like to ask questions and talk and get to know a place and people through conversation and talking and listening and taking the information in piece by piece. I felt comfortable with Shane in a way that is hard to describe because though he is younger than I am he has the sensibility of someone who has lived a very full and varied life. On the way over to the restaurant we were talking about our experiences of New York City, and when I mentioned the year I moved to Manhattan I realized that he may have been too young to have known anything about the life and culture of the city at that time. He is so mature and so well spoken and well versed that he really can hold his own with anyone, and his work shows that depth of understanding of a much older soul while also having the exuberant life of youth. Shane is extremely forward thinking and visionary, able to create images and envision scenes that are radically charged and exciting. His conversation is interesting and he is fun too, so when I say an old soul I mean something that extends to the depth of his consciousness. He is interested in learning about people and places and in having new experiences, and he is interesting to talk to because he has his own experiences to share. He's one of those people who I could talk to for hours and people watch with and never get tired of it. Sharing the afternoon into evening with Shane was one of those experiences that I love in life - it reminded me of some of the best of times that I've had in New York City, a city I still think of as the best in the world, and brought back wonderful memories while reminding me that there is still alot of life yet to live. In a lovely way I felt inspired to keep moving forward, to not rest on my memories as in a way it would be easier to do. With my birthday approaching I'm moving toward a new year of life, and I felt renewed, with a sense that though I may not be as young as I was when I first moved to New York City, there's still alot of life to live.
Shane has an extensive background, with experiences as a Photographer and Art Director in Europe, London, New York City and other areas throughout the United States. He has classically trained as a double bassist and has studied mathematics, adding a foundation of logic to his creative life. The images and influences of suburban Midwestern America where he was raised add a dimension to the variety of cultural influences that combine in his visionary outlook. He's worked with established and newer emerging and cutting edge Designers and Artists, and he's always seeking ways to learn and enhance his already excellent skills. Supermodel Vanessa Brown has said, "He's like the Andy Warhol of the 21st Century, the next Meisel!" And though I agree that these icons are truly amazing and that there are some essences in Shane that could bring them to mind, he is his own very special, distinctive and extremely creative vital force. It's exciting to see his work at this stage of his life, and to begin to get to know him as a person, because he's a person of quality and integrity in the way he views the day to day of his personal life and his business life, and his work itself is extraordinary. He's an artist in the truest sense of the word, expressing himself beautifully in his photographs, styling, and art direction while being open to working in other mediums of expression to experiment and see what best fits which moment or statement he's trying to make. His is a vision that is unique and exemplary, one that will help us all to be inspired for the days and months and years that are ahead of us, and one that will keep us moving forward into the future.
In Washington Square Park
New York City
Photograph Courtesy Of Shane Anderson
At Cafe Mocha
116 Second Avenue
New York City
Photographs Courtesy of Shane Anderson