March 31, 2016

Shan Dodd: Surreal Photographer of the Year

2015 Stocksy Awards: Celebrating the Best in the Biz. The Stocksy Awards celebrate photographers across twenty-one categories who produce truly outstanding work that not only takes our breath away, but pushes the industry forward. Visit to check out our 2015 winners and to watch the awards show video. Keep your eye on the blog for interviews with all our winners!

Shan Dodd is an artist, photographer and roadkill collector, living in New York City.

// What was your path to becoming a professional photographer?

I have always been creating things ever since I was little and I ended up graduating with a photo degree. I love creating photographs that push the limits, it is such a great feeling.

// What’s the story behind your winning image?

I have have always loved my mom’s clawfoot tub so I shot this series in there for a specific art show. Her house is over 300 years old so I wanted to shoot an eerie but soft series in her master bathroom.

// What has been the greatest influence in your work?

My dreams! I have such vivid, magical dreams that spark my creative brain.

// What creative projects are you currently working on?

I just finished with a show in Los Angeles. The series I shot for that involved my two younger sisters, my backyard and glitter.

// How do you stay motivated to shoot and create?

Stocksy has been a great help in keeping me motivated, because of all the other talented photographers and constantly seeing their amazing work.

// What is the creative community like in your hometown?

There were many creative people around, but I am not in touch with many anymore since most have moved away or stopped creating. I stay in touch with creative people from various places around the world through Instagram and Vine.

// What does winning Surreal Photographer of the Year mean to you?

Words can not truly express my happiness from this. Whenever I am asked what type of photographs I make, I always reply with “maybe fine art/surreal photography”. It is always so hard for me to put my work into a specific category, but if I were to do that, surreal would be the one.

// Anyone special you’d like to thank who has contributed to your success?

I first want to thank my loving and supportive boyfriend Chris Melberger, he told me to apply for Stocksy 2 years ago, and I am so glad that I did. Secondly my supportive family and friends, you have been there for me throughout my creative journey, thank you for everything — much love!

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