My Portrait in Wharton State Forest, 2019
Photo: Naya Daur

Hello World.

My name is Stephen Russell Shilling II. The suffix makes it sound a bit stuffy, so I prefer people to call me Steve. I publish as S. R. Shilling. I was born in the Pine Barrens of Southern New Jersey. I studied photography in New York City and photographed professionally for clients, both large and small. These days, I am trying to keep things simple and see things clearly. In this blog, I hope to show you what I see and how I see it.

What’s in a Name? Margin Notes

Pictures, writings, thoughts…What are these other than notes in the margins of life’s story? That is what you’ll find here; anecdotes, observations, thoughts, and images that are both casual and formal. These are my margin notes.

Formerly, the name of this blog was Framing Life. The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition lists twenty-nine definitions for the word “frame.” For me, a frame can refer to an image, a perspective, a system of limiting factors, a brief story (such as a vignette). Frames define us and how we observe our surroundings. Photography has taught me to see the world through frames.

What’s Going on Here?

This is my life. Well, bits and pieces of it anyway. The things you see here, I have seen. The things you read here, I have lived them. Intimacy. Vulnerability. Hopefully, these are things you will experience here. It is through this blog that I hope to explore the human condition. But there is not just one human condition. There are as many conditions, as many experiences, of being human as there are people alive. We seem to have a deficit in understanding one another. It’s through understanding we foster compassion, and that is the only way forward I can see which is worth anything. I will try, to the best of my ability, to share with you the conditions in which I find my humanity. I will try to be as vulnerable, that is to say, open and honest, with you all as I can possibly bear to be.

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