About The Artist


After over 10+ years of honing his photographic craft, Shay Blechynden relinquished his position as a decorated PGA Golf Professional and teacher to pursue photographic endeavors full-time. While his “first love” is traditional landscape and nature photography, Shay is happy to photograph any scene that he finds beautiful or stimulation to the viewer. Shay is a native of San Diego, CA where he currently resides.

Artist's Statement

I am currently enjoying the challenge of creating and sharing a unique and abstract body of photographic work. My "Circles" are the result of a 10 year journey of transforming photographs into colorful shapes and creations. I like to think of it as a modern day type of 2D origami. I hesitate to call it "Digital Art", as the pieces are not computer generated, the source material is photographic. In addition to the modern photographic art, I am passionate about creating traditional landscape images of beautiful scenes under ideal conditions.

Exhibited Work and Awards

San Diego Festival of the Arts, 2018
Mission Federal Artwalk, San Diego 2018
San Diego County Fair 2018, 9 works accepted to final judging
Solo Exhibition, Hovey Winery, Murphy’s CA. January-March 2018
Solo Exhibition, The Bridges Club, Rancho Santa Fe, December 2017
San Diego County Fair 2017 , Juried Exhibition, 2017 (awards noted above)
New Release Show, The Bridges at Rancho Santa Fe, December 2016
San Diego County Fair, Juried Exhibition, 2nd Place Landscape and Honorable Mention, 2016
San Diego County Fair, Juried Exhibition, Honorable Mention, 2015
Best of Nature Photography Juried Exhibition, San Diego Natural History Museum, Fall 2015
Solo Exhibition, Park Hyatt Aviara, Carlsbad, CA. July 2014
San Diego County Fair, Juried Exhibition, Honorable Mention, 2014
San Diego County Fair, Juried Exhibition, Honorable Mention, 2013
Elfin Forest Interpretive Center  "Best Scenic", Olivenhein, Ca. 2007


Public Collections

Otay Lakes Professional Plaza, Otay Mesa, CA
Coronado Golf Course, Coronado, Ca
Benirschke Building, Carmel Valley, Ca
Roll-Chaiken Building, Carlsbad, CA
Component Control Building San Diego, CA
The Bridges Country Club, Rancho Santa Fe, CA
El Niguel Country Club, Laguna Niguel, CA
Newport Beach Country Club, CA-forthcoming
MA Engineers, Sorrento Valley, CA

Shay Art-Abstract Photographic Art

These are essentially "image origami". In the fine art craft of Japanese origami, a flat 2-D sheet of paper is folded and manipulated into a new 3-D complex geometric object. In the same vein, this is the process of taking a 2-D image and folding it into a 3-D geometric object with critical input from the artist along the way. While becoming a highly abstract work, it continues to be rooted in realism with most original elements and colors being preserved.

Without giving away any proprietary secrets, there is a very specific, yet customizable algorithm that is used during the creation of the pieces. It starts with only the best, gallery quality photographic images which are then cropped, stretched, squeezed, rotated, inverted and otherwise manipulated into uniquely pleasing works of art. Like snowflakes, no two are alike. As a photographer, it's necessary for me to suspend my entire belief system in order to create these pieces. It's a constant struggle.

The traditional photographic rules that were diligently adhered to during the creation of the original image are now replaced with new focus towards things like color, emotion and shapes. These same qualities were present in the original photos as well. This is the ultimate key to why it is more pleasing to the eyes of a normal photograph. This is particularly true with the subject of color. As photographers, we have unwritten rules that direct us to keep the colors in an image looking fairly close to representative of how they were at the time of capture. However, that is not always ultimately most pleasing to the eye. Consequently, these pieces  includes the ability to increase the effect of color on the viewer. Along with contrast, there is also the intangible quality of emotional response with these works. Each unique piece conveys an emotional feeling. Some are soft and serene others may be moody and oppressive. Just like music is able to convey feelings of happiness or drama, a Shay Art piece incorporates the same thing.


All photography and art is created and rights-managed by Shay Blechynden.