Sheppard has an art opening at the Little Falls Public Library

Stephanie Sheppard highlights one of her award-winning photographs at her opening reception.

by Dave Warner

Stephanie Sheppard is a freelance photographer, who recently moved to the East Coast after thirty-seven years of photography in Los Angeles. Little Falls became his home in October 2019. The new topography and landscape attracted a curiosity he lacked in California.

Sheppard said, “I had all of these photographs back home in California because I had done two back-to-back shows there, and a lot of them had been in those shows. I thought it was pretty silly to have them sitting in a box. I got a letter from the library about fundraising, so I thought that was perfect.

She went to a library board meeting and told them about all the photographs she had that she wanted to donate to raise money for the organization. “They thought it was a great idea.”

Most of the pictures are matted and unframed as it would have cost around $5000.00 to make. “I’m not that rich,” she said.

A significant number of photographs were taken in California and St Louis. Sheppard said many of them have won awards.

She says she is now going in a whole new direction with her photography. “One of the reasons I couldn’t stand being in California anymore was that if I saw another cactus or palm tree, I thought I’d lose my mind.”

“So now I go a lot further into black and white. I like color, but I make plans. They tend to lean towards black and white for artistic reasons. I’ve done several projects since I’ve been back here, one of which I’d like to do in a book. All the scenery, and all around Little Falls.

Sheppard said she also did two projects while locked down during Covid. “These are really interesting because I’ve gone crazy with the abstract and done all kinds of things. So now I’m going more into abstracts.

She also enjoys submitting to competitions, and she is awaiting the results of three such submissions. “One is in New York…a thirty-foot screen just off 34th and Broadway, so yeah, sign me up!” I’m waiting to hear about it, but I won’t know until the end of July.

Sheppard says she is constantly trying to reinvent herself. “If I don’t, I get bored, but it keeps you really young. As a photographer, when you start doing new things, it really invigorates you.

In August 2022, she will be at the center of a documentary film, revealing her career as a singer-songwriter.

Library photographs are matted and 11×14 inches, each selling for $25.00. Unpaired photographs are also available at $10.00 each. For more information visit https://www.lflibrary.org/

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