Welcome to Carol Shutt Photography. I hope you like what you see here! My web site, Carol Shutt Photography, is my way of sharing my adventures with you and saving the ways of the past for future generations. If you would like to have an image to help you remember the past, to provide you with serenity in your home or office or just because you like it, the images are for sale in a variety of forms and sizes and can be purchased right from the site using Pay Pal. If you see an image you would like in a different format, perhaps note cards or on a candle tin, or if you would like to commission me to do something special for you, please don't hesitate to contact me at email@example.com or by calling 606-780-9440.
Coming from the rolling hills of Michigan to the mountains of Kentucky some twenty years ago stirred within me a passion for photography that had been lying dormant in my soul. I had never seen a yellow field or a smoking barn. Pioneer history surrounded me. The cultures and traditions of the people fascinated me and the landscape was often breath taking. My husband bought me a new camera and cameras have been an important part of my life ever since. They are my way of documenting and preserving the life I love so much.
I am a certified Kentucky Community Scholar, trained in documenting folk ways through oral interviews and photographs. I have done several projects including following tobacco growers in several states, documenting what these folks have done for generations, and how it takes a family and community to bring in a crop, allowing these hard working families to buy a house and feed and clothe their children and send them to school, and preserving this history for future generations as this heritage gradually disappears.
I have documented quilters in a central Kentucky county, telling why they quilt and the love that goes into every stitch. My most recent project has been discovering funeral traditions in the South, how they vary from one side of a county to another, how they change, and how unknown they are to people who live as close as down the road a ways. These, too, are disappearing as modern life crowds in on us. The photographs preserve a little known and disappearing heritage.
Without my husband, none of this would be possible. He shares the adventures with me, processes my images, cuts my mats and constructs my frames from molding and reclaimed barn wood. We pull our own paper for limited edition images and are experimenting with recycling mat board into hand pulled paper.
I am a juried member of Kentucky Crafted, The Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen, South Arts, Xanadu Gallery and have work at The Kentucky Artisan Center in Berea, The Collective gallery in Lexington, a number of Kentucky hospitals and a new dorm at University of Kentucky. I also have work in a number of retail venues in the state as well as private collections around the country, Russia and England.