Photographing Spirit

An exhibit by Stan Shoptaugh

Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 5:00 pm, through May 29, 2020
Saturday – Sunday, by appointment
Dharma Realm Buddhist University Building, Second Floor [Map]
Free and open to the public

The DRBU Arts Initiative presents Photographing Spirit, an exhibit and workshop by Stan Shoptaugh. In this series of black and white portraits, the photographer captures the spirit—the inner nature that comes through in uninhibited moments. 

According to Shoptaugh, “I’m drawn to people, all kinds of people: men, women, old, young, all ethnicities, teachers, students. I want to understand people. Why are they who they are? How do they do what they do? Much of what they are and much of what they have to say is communicated through their faces. The camera is a tool to help me understand.” 


Saturday, March 21, 2:00 – 4:00pm
DRBU Art Studio [Map]
Registration required at; $20 fee

In conjunction with the exhibit, Stan Shoptaugh is holding a photography workshop. The two-hour workshop includes hands-on practice and guidance on the basics of photography. Please bring your own digital camera or smartphone. 

Stan Shoptaugh

Stan Shoptaugh has been Digital Content Developer at DRBU since 2015. In addition, he has a Ukiah business, Classic Typography, which has typeset books for west coast publishers such as Stanford University Press, Sierra Club Books, and the Buddhist Text Translation Society. Of the many books he has designed and typeset since 1984, the one that means the most to him is the 2014 edition of The Sixth Patriarch’s Dharma Jewel Platform Sutra.

Stan’s interests are primarily in the visual arts and have increasingly shifted toward photography since he got his first camera in 1991. For Rural Communities Housing Development Corporation he has photographed the building of sweat-equity homes from the groundbreaking ceremony to the moment families move in. For DRBU he has been trying to capture the spirit of the University as it grows.

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