Ky Shobert is a middle school teacher by day and freelance photographer by night who prefers cameras to pens. She thinks her boyfriend is the bee’s knees, and secretly wishes that Los Angeles did not get such a bad rap. You can view more of her work at Shades of Mediocrity and Flickr.
on the nightstand:
- atlas shrugged by ayn rand
- the poetry of pablo neruda
- the art of travel by alain de botton
- the polaroid book by steve crist
- a tube of burt’s bees peppermint lip balm
- diana f+ camera
- kiss my face lavender lotion
- photowalks with my boyfriend
- teaching “history alive!”
- roasted asparagus—lots and lots of roasted asparagus
- sea wolf’s “leaves in the river”
- niko niko sushi
what inspires you about winter?
- the stark whiteness of snow
- family gatherings
what’s one item in your winter wardrobe you can’t go without?
my vast collection of scarves.
what’s your idea of the perfect winter meal?
my mom’s pennsylvania dutch chicken pot pie.
what are three constants in your day?
- my camera by my side
- chai tea
- an infinite stack of papers to grade
tell us about the inspiration behind the work featured here.
i so often fumble with words and found that a camera allowed me to express myself in a way that ink and paint never could. this series of photographs was taken in a period of time in which i had first separated from my ex-husband, and was simply trying to find a voice for what i was feeling. virginia woolf referred to these revealing bits as “shivering fragments,” and that has always stuck with me. by showing just a small piece of the whole, i am saying so much more than the big picture could reveal.