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Glitterlens is the online photographic gallery of New York City-based artist Gabriel Shanks. Trained in theatre arts and creative writing, Gabriel discovered a passion for photography in 2007.

Gabriel was one of the directors of the acclaimed Village Fragments in lower Manhattan, which received a 2007 OBIE Award. The recipient of the Theatre Project Honor for Outstanding Vision in the Theatre, his experimental work has been seen in over sixty productions, at Dixon Place, HERE, the Ohio Theatre, the Red Room, and other venues across NYC, as well as in Washington, DC, Baltimore, Atlanta, Dallas, Vienna, Budapest, Toyko, and Buenos Aires. Since 2003, he has been the artistic director of MadShag Performance Group. By day, he is the Executive Director of The Drama League of New York.  In 2010, he will direct The Gilgamesh Variations for MadShag.

Gabriel’s poetry has been seen in The Wild Goose Poetry Review, Spark, From Now On, Miscellany, Ya’Sou, Chopin With Cherries, and elsewhere.  His first collection of poetry, GlitterDirt, will be published in 2010. He is the author of the popular culture blog Modern Fabulousity.  For 18 years, he has been happily married to Dennis Blackwell, a classical baritone.

Gabriel would like to thank the hundreds, maybe thousands, who have graciously allowed him to capture their lives on film, and to the many inspiring photographers who have shared their talent, expertise, advice and comraderie.