“Illuminating the Sky of One Mind” by Photographer Tom Shea

A selection of images from “Illuminating the Sky of One Mind” by Syracuse, Utah-based photographer Tom Shea. Drawing its name from Jack Kerouac’s poem, “211th Chorus”, the series reflects Shea’s interpretation of the poem: “It seems to me, in the poem, as if he (Jack) is stating the processes of entrapment by conscious beings and the inability to escape this in one’s mind.”

At times struggling with anxiety and depression, Shea explains that it his is own consciousness that causes these afflictions—”I believe creativity/photography help to lift me from difficult times or seemingly inescapable and negative thoughts or, in other words, ‘Illuminate the Sky’.” Taken while driving around Utah, Idaho, Wyoming and Nevada, the images in this series represent memories of passing moments— “a moment of quiet, a moment of stress, a moment of clarity, a moment of beauty.”

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