Shutter Steward

Bellaire, Michigan | 6 Sales


Shutter Steward

Bellaire, Michigan 6 Sales On Etsy since 2013

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Last updated on Jul 4, 2018

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James Manning

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James Manning


The Adventures of a Star Chaser

In the deep of winter in 2018, a rare jolt of inspiration struck me; a moment for which every artist pines. I was cross country skiing along one of northern Michigan's treasured streams, imagining photographic compositions, as I often do. Something about the river that day, or perhaps the barn that eyed me from the other side of her bank, got my mind stirring about a starry night photograph. It took several return trips in the dead of night — and one booted filled with icy river water — before I captured the photograph just as I had dreamt. My Northern Michigan Starscape series was born.

This series is a photographic and philosophic exploration of the starry sky, set over rural Northern Michigan. The barns, farms, lakes, and rivers in my photographs have been captured in the near blackness of night, through the art of long exposure photography. This technique illuminates the stars and unveils the landscape from the faintest of light, creating what I call starscapes. These black and white photographs are intended to elicit nostalgia, and a sense of wonderment for this great land we call home.

This is an extension of my Shutter Steward photography project. I intend my photography to be about more than just capturing the beauty of a place. It is my visual plea to appreciate and protect our wild spaces, historic heritage, and vital farm land. It is from this vision that the Shutter Steward project came into being in 2014. I seek to utilize the art of photography to inspire appreciation for our land and instill a sense of stewardship.

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  • James Manning

    Owner, Maker, Photographer

    On a clear night in Northern Michigan, a whole universe of stars, planets, and celestial phenomena adorn the sky. I’ve spent nearly two decades honing my photography practice, and I now use this artistry to reveal the night sky over rural landscapes.

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Last updated on July 5, 2018

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These prints are pieces of fine art, made just for you. I truly hope you love them. If the print doesn't turn out the way you envisioned, as sorry as I am, I can't guarantee a return. If your piece gets damaged in shipping however, I am more than happy to fully refund you, or ship you a replacement print. No matter the circumstance, if you don't fall in love with your print, I encourage you to reach out to me at james [!at]
We accept payment right through Etsy. Please contact me at james [!at] if this option is not suitable for you, and I can send you an invoice directly. Once your payment has been authorized, there will be a two hour window in which I will still accept cancellations.
I do offer local pickup for those living in and around the Antrim County area of Michigan wishing to save on shipping costs. If you'd prefer this option, please contact me at james [!at], as I will have to send you an adjusted invoice directly. You'll be able to pickup your print within 1-2 business days in Bellaire.