Hi, I’m Ryan, but most people call me Shanley. I’m a photographer and a storyteller.
I’m fascinated by the notion of exploration - this small seed of curiosity that we plant in our mind that lights our soul on fire. A mindset that makes us yearn to keep moving, to take risks, to work harder, and push farther. ‘Discovery’ is at the heart of everything I do and I use that mindset to create authentic and visually captivating imagery. These images build stories that create an emotional connection and trust. And that trust, that connection, well, that’s what it’s all about.
Really, I’m just here for the off-roading. I don’t even know how to work a camera.
would you believe me if i told you…
I applied to twelve medical schools. I wanted to be a surgeon and do heart transplants. I had shadowed doctors and built up hundreds of OR hours during college in preparation for medical school, but in my junior year I decided to switch my major. I was told more music and english majors got into medical school than science majors because their grades were better. I liked my major, but I didn’t care for all of its crazy politics. The things people do to get into medical school…
I still wanted to be a surgeon, but I switched into architectural design and construction. Not all that different from surgery really. The major required us to study abroad and I chose Barcelona to study urban planning and photography.
After applying to twelve medical schools and completing my study abroad program, I thought, “I think I’ll apply to graduate school for photography as well.” At that point, I had been shooting all through high school and college. I was getting pretty good so it seemed like a solid back-up plan.
I still remember how big I smiled when I got my letter from Newhouse. I ran into my grandmother’s office and handed it to her proudly. She took one look at me and said, “So I guess were moving to New York then?”
No one ever quite explained to me the full meaning of “back-up”.
My medical school responses were set to arrive the next week. I knew if I got in, I’d feel compelled to go. So, I pulled them all, moved to New York and never looked back.
Things in this world will scare you. Do them anyway.
Are you looking for great visual storytelling?
Let’s talk about your project
”dreamlike landscapes” | blank wall gallery 2015
small works photography | mishkin gallery
”Nature” | honorable mention | ipoty 2015
Landscapes | finalist | shoot the frame 2018
”cityscapes” | blank wall gallery 2018
church world services
musky trails candles
fun facts —
i’ve been leeched, TWICE
i lived in thailand and got hit by a motorcycle
my great pyrenees is cooler than your dog
i can touch my tongue to my nose
you just tried, didn’t you?
#shinerboch for life