It’s impossible to write anything that might even begin to do justice to the life and works of the exceptionally gifted and kind photographer Shawn Mortensen, who passed away two nights ago. Shawn, during his frequent contributions to BlackBook, proved himself to be a man of incredible talents and someone whose energy and creative passion were genuine, refreshing and unparalleled. There aren’t enough superlatives in the world to describe what a unique and special man he was. It’s an awful day, and Shawn will be terribly missed. Still, his images will continue to inspire, even in the face of such tragedy.