For the past three years Shoop has been developing this kaleidoscopic style of photographic compositions, called ‘shoopart’. One aspect Shoop has been driven and challenged by is how the process strips the subject of context and connotation, to create a composition based solely on line and color. Though a photograph was taken of Duke Chapel for instance, the final work doesn’t necessarily carry ideas of religion or education. Instead, it focuses on the structure’s gothic elements designer Julian Abele envisioned.
The process of these works involves uploading a photograph into an editing program, multiplying it, and using flipped and mirrored images to create a larger final product. Shoop’s process challenges the photographer to compose an image that is unfinished in the field. Only when the image has been edited, is the work complete. This process is engaging because of the surprise Shoop receives in the editing room. When the pieces are put together, and elements in the photograph take on a life of their own, playing off of each other, forming a finished image, the process is complete.