It has been over 30 years since my father gave me my first camera. Thinking back, I guess he probably felt
that he would rather I broke my camera than his! I immediately became obsessed with photography and the
world it opened up to me.
Growing up I experienced living in different parts of the United States. The west coast, the mid-west and
now northeast Ohio. I even spent two years in Hawaii during my tour of duty with the U.S. Navy. And of
course, the end result of moving around the country gave me a broader perspective on the world - one that is
open to new things - especially the natural world.
Throughout my life I have always felt best outside, hiking through natural settings. I attribute much of this
through my early involvement with being in the Cub and Boy Scouts. It all has given me a real appreciation of
nature. And being so sensitive to nature, I naturally react the same with people and animals.
I've always had pets of one kind or another, from reptiles in high school (yes, snakes!) to dogs, cats, horses
and birds! So capturing the "natural you" comes naturally to me and is imperative, whether through a
portrait or in a candid moment.
Since those early years, photography has become an extension of my personality. I live and breathe it - it is
what makes me happy! And to make someone else happy with the work I've done for them gives me an
even greater sense of joy.
Today, I believe that photography has given me a true understanding of the power and vulnerability of nature
in its purest form. As I capture images that inspire and educate, my photography seems more important to
me now than ever! It is therefor why I am a proponent of documenting, preserving and promoting Earth's
My current home since 1980 is beautiful Cleveland, Ohio. Ohio and Lake Erie have some of the most
beautiful landscapes, sunsets, Springs, Summers, Autumns and Winters as anywhere! But don't take my
word for it, check out the photos on this site!
Thank you, again, for visiting my website and taking an interest in photography.
All rights reserved. All photos copyright Kurt Shaffer
Currently represented by the Peninsula Art Academy, Peninsula, Ohio (where I also teach photography)
Breen Center for the Performing Arts, Cleveland, Ohio 1/1-3/18-2014
Rocky River Nature Center, Rocky River Reservation 1-1/2-27-2014
Kevin Steffanni Design Group, Rocky River, Ohio 8-1/11-1-08
The Shoreby Club, Bratenahl, Ohio - 6-01/7-30-08
Bruno Casiano Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio – 3-30/4-30-07
Ohio Design Center, Beachwood, Ohio – Nine photos on display as part of BeDazzled, Benefit for The Cleveland Orchestra 11-06
Paradise Gallery, Cleveland Heights, Ohio group show 12-01-05/01-01-06
Ohio Veterinary Medical Association juried art show 2-24/27-05
Cleveland State University Second Cleveland Biennial Juried Show 11-3/12-3-03
The Exhibit, Rocky River, Ohio 11-98/1-99
Prisma Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada 6-17/7-21-97
Mansfield Art Center, Mansfield, Ohio 7-27/8-14/96
Portfolio West Gallery, Rocky River, Ohio 5-18/6-30-96
Great Northern Corporate Center Art Gallery, N. Olmsted, Ohio 2-1/4-29-95
Cleveland Museum of Natural History Corning Gallery, Ohio 1-26/4-29-95
Cleveland Heights City Hall Atrium Galley, Ohio 12-12-94/3-4-95
Fairmount Fine Arts Center, Novelty, Ohio 9-10/10-7-94
Cleveland Metroparks “Art & the Park” Arts Festival 7-15&16-94
The Shoreby Club, Bratenahl, Ohio 4-22/5-30-94
Lightkeepers Gallery, Lakewood, Ohio 1-8/2-8-94
EIO Gallery at the Powerhouse, Cleveland, Ohio 12-8-93/1-8-94
The Beck Center for the Cultural Arts, Lakewood, OH 10-28/12-6-93
Cuyahoga Community College Art Gallery, Highland Hts., Ohio 8-2/27-93
The Art Gallery, Willoughby, Ohio 4-20/6-20-93
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|Me standing next to a framed and matted stretched canvas print of The Grand Canyon. The print actually
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Published Photo Credits:
Sonya's Secret Garden - 2009 - two-page photo
background of dedication page
North Coast Voice magazine – March 19, 2008 – cover plus
three inside photos
Spectacular Homes of Ohio & Pennsylvania – November,
2006 – three home interior photos – interior design by Linda
Cleveland, Continuing the Renaissance - 1997 by Fred
Griffith & Barney Taxel – ten color photos published in this
Praywell, A Holistic Guide to Health and Renewal - 1994 by
Walter L. Weston, cover photo
The Cleveland Review - Winter, 1993
Photographer’s Forum Magazine – Best of Photography
Transitions Magazine – Volume II/Issue 1 - cover photo