Photographer

Simply put, I'm an artist who loves telling story through my camera lens. Starting out as the photographer for my high school yearbook staff, I learned quickly that an image could change the way people think and feel - oftentimes for the better. A graduate of Duke University's Center for Documentary Studies and a former student of the Maine Photographic Workshops, I continues to use my creative eye to tell stories that move the viewer in a powerful way. To view more of my work, visit DeShelia Spann Photography.

 
 Headed to Shore

Headed to Shore

fishermen of maine

During the summer of 2012, the Fishermen of Maine came to life. It shares a side of the fishing community that isn't commercialized. But more about the hardworking people who take to the seas each day to make a living for their families. 

 Holding On

Holding On

haiti: life after the quake 

January 12, 2010, an earthquake severely damaged the island of Haiti. More than 220,000 lives were lost with hundreds of thousands of survivors being displaced. In April of that year, I traveled with a group to Haiti and the Dominican Republic to offer aid. 

 Trailing Tobacco

Trailing Tobacco

curing: tobacco farming

Tobacco farming in North Carolina goes back to the 17th and 18th century when the economy was dwarfed and farmers needed to produce a living off their land. Today, many farms have ceased production due to lack of domestic demand.