crystal street

Documentary Photographer
& Writer

My lens explores the beauty in chaos. My pen explores the intersections of humanity & technology. I am currently minting my archives on the blockchain using NFTs using ETH, WAVES & NEAR blockchains. Click the photos to visit my collections. Artist bio click here. Contact me below for private sales and collaborations. Minerals Collection is coming soon.

The Unofficial Bio

I translate the human condition into powerful art that helps shift our perceptions of reality.

I am interested in the real. The raw. The dark and twisty emotions which make us human. I capture the intensity of the human condition. I document the fractions of time that most people ignore, turn away from or simply can not see.

My emotions created the award-winning artist that stands before you. Had I not walked through my own deserts of pain or frolicked in my own fields of happiness, I would not have the capacity or the wisdom to document any story, in images, words, and motion.

My passion for photography began at the age of 10, when my father purchased a camera- a "real adult" camera to satisfy my newfound interest. And the rest is history.

I've worked as a staff photographer, freelanced for publications, photographed and produced documentaries for national corporations, and documented countless moments of intimacy and intensity- at home and abroad.

I've documented Maoist soldiers, Palestinian freedom fighters, and roller derby queens. I've shared quiet moments with war-torn families, documented sacred ceremonies of the Dalai Lama, and ancient tribal ceremonies on a remote Indonesian island.

My training comes from 12 years of self-taught photography followed with 3 years of formal training at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where I majored in Visual Communications, from the School of Journalism and Mass Communications with an outside concentration in Peace, War and Defense. I am a Class of 1938 Fellow and have won numerous national awards for my documentary work on inner-city crime and poverty. I'm currently pursuing advanced degrees at Naropa University and revisiting my documentary work with the Tibetan Exile community.

My overseas documentary work focused on the cultural preservation of post-conflict communities and I have documented the Tibetan Exile community, Nepal's Maoist communities and the Palestinian communities in the West Bank. My overseas work includes the following countries; Nepal, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Egypt, Palestine, Israel, France and Italy.

My passion lies in documenting the human condition, in its most natural and uninhibited form. My style is based on this belief and my job is to document the story, with any and all means necessary.

Please send inquiries to: hello@inthequietshadows.com

The Official Bio (AKA in Third Person)

Crystal’s professional hats include Documentary Photographer, Commercial Multimedia Producer, and Writer. Crystal studied visual communications and photojournalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has worked throughout the developing world documenting communities and the cultural preservation of displaced populations. She is currently pursuing advanced degrees at Naropa University.

Her work has taken her across the US and around the world to locations including Pakistan, India, Egypt, Jordan, Indonesia and Italy.

Crystal has won multiple prestigious awards for her documentary multimedia work and has worked as a producer on international multimedia productions as well as nationally televised commercial campaigns.

Her commercial clients include Nissan North America, Whole Foods, Special Olympics, Pizza Hut, ATMC, Junior Achievement, World Bank, TerraSoft Organics and Oregon Public Broadcasting to name a few. Crystal is also an avid espresso drinker, people watcher, coffee shop hound and loves to nerd out on emerging tech, such as crypto and blockchain.