Kansas is Beautiful (Hardcover)

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Kansas is Beautiful (Hardcover)

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For almost 15 years, photographer Mickey Shannon has been photographing his home in Kansas, taking him to all corners of the state and everything in between. This beautiful collection contains Mickey Shannon's finest Kansas photographs and showcases both the well known and the hidden gems of the Sunflower State. From the rustic barns that dot the landscapes to the otherworldly chalk pyramid formations in western Kansas, "Kansas is Beautiful" showcases the beauty of Kansas like you've never seen before.

Kansas is Beautiful is a hard cover, 144 page, 10x13" coffee table style book, printed on high quality 180gsm Neo Matte Art paper. Photographs in the book are spotted glossed to give an extra beautiful touch as you flip through each page. The cover is printed on 150gsm gloss art paper with scuff free matte lamination, while the text is spot glossed for a touch of elegance.
My name is Mickey Shannon. I am a self-taught nature and landscape photographer specializing in open and large format, museum quality open and limited edition fine art nature photography prints. Born and raised in Kansas, most of my family roots come from the vast Great Plains of America. With roots in Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Colorado and South Dakota, I have explored this under-rated region of North America both before becoming a landscape photographer and after. My love of nature was cultivated on family trips to Colorado and visiting relatives in the rugged mesas of northwest Oklahoma and the rolling hills and badlands in South Dakota. All of these family trips usually involved some kind of hiking, exploring and just being in the great outdoors. From camping at the lake under the stars and fireflies to hiking to the alpine lakes of Colorado, I grew to love the natural world from a very early age. By my college years, I started taking photography with disposable cameras. I would go on camping trips with my brother and dad to Rocky Mountain National Park yearly in my 20s. It was on one of those trips that my brother suggested I take up a DSLR and give nature photography a try. I bought my first DSLR in 2007, a Nikon D80 with a kit lens and started reading nature photography books from the well known nature photographers such as Galen Rowell. In 2009, I took my first international trip to the Swiss and French Alps and spent 10 days photographing everything I could in this alpine wonderland! That's when I realized I wanted to become a professional landscape photographer. I really took a liking to printing my work. In 2010, I showcased about 30 of my favorite prints from Switzerland in a show titled Alpine Magic. I printed my images on various paper types and spent hours matting and framing them in my basement. The love of printing my work has stuck with me ever since. I began selling prints of my work in 2011. My business steadily grew as I traveled both near and far. Practicing my skills both at home in Kansas and in beautiful places such as Kauai, the Canadian Rockies and the Pacific Northwest. In 2018 I launched my first limited edition prints and have seen my business grow exponentially over the past five years, with collectors all around the world enjoying my limited edition fine art prints in their homes and offices. I currently live in a suburb of Wichita with my wife, Valerie, and our three dogs: Holly, Simba and Herbie - each with their own distinct personality! I'm a huge soccer (football or futbol to my international friends) and follow London-based club Arsenal passionately! I have a double major in Computer Science and Biblical History. Looking ahead, in 2022, I plan to release my first book, a very high quality coffee table style book about my travels in my home state of Kansas. While I love that my work has blessed me with the ability to travel to some amazing places, I also love to find the beauty at home. That's why I'm publishing this book - to show the beauty of life and nature here in the Great Plains of Kansas.
Product Details ISBN: 9798987165201
Publisher: Mickey Shannon
Publication Date: June 21st, 2023
Pages: 144