Through his camera sculpture, Virginia’s John Shuptrine blends his interest in photography with his love of wood.
The company/studio: John Shuptrine Art, started about eight years ago. The doctor-turned-artist works in his home workshop in Lynchburg, where he has lived for 35 years.
In the beginning: While Shuptrine was in the process of retiring from his 30-plus-year career as an anesthesiologist, he had a dream about creating laminated wood camera sculptures that incorporated his two interests: photography and woodworking.
Shuptrine’s dream was not beyond his grasp. He was already an award-winning photographer and had spent years working in wood, making various furniture items and gifts.
The art & materials: Decorative wood camera sculptures made of various hardwoods and reclaimed vintage camera parts ($150 to $300). Commissioned work ranges from $300 to $350.
What’s popular: The more traditional camera designs, like the classic 35 mm SLR or an old-school folding camera.
Fun or special commissions: For photographers. For retirement gifts. And for people who collect cameras or those who have an interest in photography, as a hobby or as a profession.
Where to buy: artfulhome.com
- Website: johnshuptrineart.com