ALEX SHEYN is a creative type – designer, illustrator, typographer, and photographer – currently working and living in San Francisco. Exploring 3D animation, motion graphics, illustration and interactive design to shape and share unique perspectives. Shoots photos on occasion.
Alex Sheyn started toying with photography at a young age, frequently serving as official photographer on family trips with his dad’s old camera gear. Having grown up in a family of architects, artists and musicians, Alex's own career path led him to a degree in Art and Design and to his exploration of design and photography. For his city and street photography, Alex strives to show urban environments in ways that elicit unexpected emotion – through editing or using unexpected vantage points, often a combination of both.
Alex’s go-to camera is a Canon 6D, or a Sony a6000 when the Canon feels too cumbersome. While he admits to falling in love with some photos from his iPhone, he typically prefers the editing power of a traditional setup. He loves to edit from scratch, appreciating the power of RAW format and fine-tuning until satisfied. He notes, however, that choosing the right filter can be just as artistic, and may be the right path to get a desired effect. Alex is a Senior Art Director at Odopod, a digital design agency in San Francisco.
“I am very influenced by work that seems somehow impossible. In illustration, it could be a level of detail that seems impossibly tedious but wholly worth it. In photography, a photo taken at the perfect place and time while also being beautifully composed. In design, a perfect blend of visual appeal and message, neither being compromised by the other, but instead complemented."
Alex's work is published in Trope Chicago, the first in the Trope City Editions series, a collection of urban and architectural photography books of cities around the world by today’s emerging photographers.
206 amazing Chicago images from 27 emerging photographers, reproduced on museum quality uncoated paper, hardbound.
Camera Clique: An immersive all-angles exploration of Chicago by Stephen Ostrowski
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