If you're a Savannah Instagram user and follower of local accounts, chances are you've seen the #Muse.

It's been reposted from numerous accounts (including SavannahNow's account) since early spring and is the subject of a photography exhibit opening Aug. 28 at Tybee Island Social Club.

I sat down with Tybee Island photographer Shannon Christopher to get the lowdown on his inspiration and photography show that will benefit Fort Pulaski and the National Park Services.

I've been a longtime fan of Shannon's wedding photography and had worked with him in the past on photography projects for Visit Savannah.

He has a keen eye and always produced lovely work, capturing special moments.

A few months ago, he posted on his blog about being dissatisfied with his work.

Ever since, he has been on a journey of self and professional discovery, finding a new influence, a new connection, a new joy - a #Muse.

Amy Brock: Where do you shoot all of these photos?

Shannon Christopher: I ride my bike over to Fort Pulaski every morning around 5 a.m. and snap away with my iPhone.

I also usually go around 5 p.m. I get some great silhouettes.

AB: iPhone? You don't use your fancy camera?

SC: Nope, the iPhone allows me to get down low, close up and connect. I didn't want to take myself too seriously with this.

AB: Why Instagram?

SC: It's easy, it allows flexibility and connection with an engaged audience. I want my images to be truthful and invoke emotion. The comments people leave ... they are connecting, it's amazing. My followers - they ask questions, they share, they are thankful. Also, this is like a portable portfolio!

AB: What has the #Muse project taught you?

SC: I have discovered my true photography style. I've become discerning and most importantly, I've found joy in my work. Humility.

AB: Which photographers do you admire?

I know you're pals with Dylan Wilson, who I've noticed on Instagram has been supportive of this project.

SC: Of course, Dylan ... also Christine Hall. I appreciate that Christine knows her style. Since I have just recently discovered mine, I have great respect for this. Also, Alex Webb is a huge inspiration. He's so camera-aware and in the moment - in the chaos. That's where all of the action is.

AB: So your show is called "Get Social with the #Muse."

What can we expect?

SC: There will be 6 x 6 mounted and framed pieces available for sale. There will be some larger pieces, including one that includes 32 images that is 3 feet x 3 feet. Prices range from $325 to $2,000, with a big portion of the proceeds going back to Fort Pulaski and the National Park System.

AB: I can't think of a better setting than the Tybee Island Social Club for this show!

SC: I agree. Sarah and Curtis are excited and will also have winemaker Jim Foley there for a tasting and of course, live music. It's going to be a fun evening. Looking forward to seeing lots of friends and hopefully making new ones.


I am looking forward to a fun evening next week with some of the Visit Savannah and Do Savannah gang checking out all of Shannon's photos!


Amy Brock is the social media voice of Visit Savannah. Have an event or idea for her? Tweet to @Amy_Brock or @VisitSavannah or email abrock@visitsavannah.com.



What: Get Social with the #Muse

When: 6-9 p.m. Aug. 28

Where: Tybee Island Social Club, 1311 Butler Ave., Tybee Island