Friday, February 29, 2008

Spiral Flight Art Show - EXAMPLES OF GRANDEUR

Our show at Spiral Flight Art Show - EXAMPLES OF GRANDEUR

TOM SHEA now has a show at Spiral Flight Yoga called EXAMPLES OF GRANDEUR. It includes photographs of several National Parks including Denali, Grand Canyon, Yosemite, and Yellowstone as well as other photos of natural beauty.

Spiral Flight Yoga
1826 Wisconsin Avenue NW,
Washington, DC 2007

Pictures from Show

Daffodil Stems

Bright Angel Point
Grand Canyon National Park,
North Rim

National Park

Wolf Tracks on Geyser Basin
Yellowstone National Park

Waterfall, Avalanche Lake
Glacier National Park

Mountain Art

Denali National Park

Dead Trees on the River Flat

National Park

Natures Window
Grand Canyon,
North Rim

Denali at Dawn

National Park

Grand Canyon of theYellowstone

National Park

Willow Grass
Near McLaren Glacier Alaska

Approaching Storm


Denali Panorama

Denali National Park

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Return of Freedom

Return of Freedom is Color photograph of The Statue of Freedom being airlifted by Helicopter back to the top of the United States Capitol Building in Washington DC on October 23, 1993.

The Statue had been removed and restored. This is an uplifting image which symbolizes American values, strength and technological Prowess of our nation.

8 by 10 Prints available directly from TOM SHEA for $20. For More Information e-mail Abandonrealityphotography at

This image also available on Merchandise through Café Press.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Slickee Boys

Tom has taken thousands of pictures of the Slickee Boys. His photographs are on several of the bands record jackets. He was a Roadie and Driver for the Slickee's in the Early '80's. His Yellow Van can be see in the video When I go to the Beach.

"When I started taking pictures of the Slickee Boys back in 1980, I would shoot without flash because I did not want the stage background to be competing with the band. "

August 18th 2006 Pictures at the 930 Club

May 27th 2007 at the 9:30 club

Monday, February 25, 2008

Great Christmas Card Pictures

Items needed for a successful card shoot:

1. duffle bag containing
Santa Hats
red clothing

2. camera, flash, tripod and a remote trigger and of course film if that is your medium.

3. outside sunlight -directionally at the family, early morning or late afternoon.

4. optional: x-mas tree
plastic santa
large snow flakes
lites & garland

5. patience in setting up.

6. and if you do not have a remote trigger, somebody walking along will surely take the shots for you because once they get over the laughter of seeing you dressed up as Santa's helpers, they want to contribute to the craziness.

See our Christmas Cards

Sunday, February 24, 2008

About Karen Shea

Karen is the Web Master and Computer Tech Support for Abandon Reality Photography. She is also the Child Wrangler.

She likes to point and shoot. She loves digital because she can just keep clicking and she can see whether the camera captured what Karen thought was interesting. Karen likes to go on walks and find interesting details to photograph that others walk by everyday without noticing.
Karen uses a Leica D-Lux 3.

Karen has a line of Christmas Tree Ornament which abstract designs derived from highly manpiuated photographs. She calls them Abstract Ornaments.
Karen also designs photo printed merchandise she calls Picture and a Few Words.

Saturday, February 23, 2008


The idea of capturing a good image has always been my goal. From the first camera, with figuring out the manual operation, to the use of a digital SLR and the many dimensions of capture, there is a great feeling when thought and sight lead to a perfect shot.

I've always been aware of light when looking at a subject. The highlights are important but the shadows are most intriguing. When I started taking pictures of the Slickee Boys back in 1980, I would shoot without flash because I did not want the stage background to be competing with the band.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Welcome to the Abandon Reality Photography Blog

Photography by Tom and Karen Shea. Pictures of National Parks (Denali, Grand Canyon, Sequoia, Yellowstone) Washington D.C., The Slickee Boys, Weird Stuff and our two beautiful girls, Selena and Diana.

Tom likes to shoot with Nikons, both digital and film, medium format Hasselblad, and large format.

Karen uses a Leica and likes to point and shoot lots of experiment images and see what looks cool.

Abandon Reality means in this age of technology, imaging has little to do with reality. Framing, filters, lighting, cropping and digital manipulation can change an image so much that the final picture has little to do with reality and everything to do with artistic vision.

So, Welcome to Abandon Reality. Embrace the beautiful, the weird, the cool, and the fun. Who needs the boring reality. We have Photography.

Abandon all reality ye who enter here. ;)