My name is John Carey and I am the photographer, writer, and curator for Fiftyfootshadows.net.

Fiftyfootshadows is the result of well over 10 years of toying around on the internet. What started as a personal sandbox of a website to share photography, design, and experiment with the web turned into a hub for desktop imagery as twistedsun.net, a site which is still preserved as it was left years ago for anyone curious to explore. Around four years ago fiftyfootshadows was created as a fresh start after feeling the twistedsun alias growing stale. Throughout the years it has grown beyond its humble beginnings and had a chance to mature and develop into a well known source for great photography, articles, and digital wallpaper.

Here you will find an ample supply of photographic desktop wallpapers, all shared at high resolutions for big monitors as well as smaller versions for iPhone and iPad users. I share these for people in need of an alternative to the endless supply of overly elaborate designer desktops filling the internet. You will also find reviews, articles on photography and technology, my favorite music suggestions, and stories behind the photographs featured on the site, many of which are from my travels around the world.

So why Fifty Foot Shadows? The name came to me while standing alone as the sun set in the Mojave desert after a long day of driving west across the U.S. I stared in awe as my shadow stretched longer and longer across the desert floor. Fifty felt like a good number at the time and it stuck in my mind for days until I realized it would be the perfect name for my new web venture.

I am a photographer as well as a live audio engineer for a local production company which is all work that I love and keeps me very busy. Everything I choose to do in life I do for the love of it. For the love of life and all the beautiful things within it, light, sound, feeling, and everything all at once.

For those of you who are curious what’s in my camera bag these days:

Canon 5d w/ Canon 35mm f/1.4L (and Olympus OM lens adaptor for my OM lenses)
Souldier camera strap on the 5D
Hasselblad 501CM w/ 80mm f/2.8
Contax T3
Olympus OM2 w/ 50mm f/1.4 and 50mm f/1.8
Olympus XA and XA2

Lomo LCA
Gossen Digisix light meter
Manfroto 190XPROB tripod w/ ball head
Favorite films include Neopan400, APX400, FujiPro160S & 400H, Ektar

Thanks for visiting and I hope you enjoy the site! Feel free to write any time using the contact link in the links section to the right.

all the best,


To whom it may concern,



• Enjoy the images! It’s a labor of love, thanks for your support!
• Share fiftyfootshadows.net with friends.
• Send me a quick mail if you are interested in using an image for commercial or personal use other than wallpaper.


• Post these elsewhere online.
• Share links directly to images.
• Pass them around in mass.
• Make prints.
• Use images for web banners or graphics.
• Use them in commercial work.

If you help me out with these I will be able to keep doing what I love to do. Thanks again, really, for your support and understanding. -J


By downloading any content from fiftyfootshadows.net you agree to the following terms:

All of the images contained within this website, fiftyfootshadows.net, are property of, John Carey unless otherwise posted. The images are distributed as freeware but they are available for personal use only on your personal computer, tablet, or smartphone as your wallpaper image. Any use of these images for any purpose other than this is a violation of these terms and anyone found using said images will be asked to either compensate the creator for doing so or be asked to stop using them immediately.

I ask that you refrain from using any images found on fiftyfootshadows.net to create physically printed material of any kind. This includes posters, photographic prints, fliers, etc. Under no circumstances may you make a physical reproduction without written permission.

These rules also apply for any artwork or imagery submitted and shown within this site which was created by an artist aside from myself. Any images submitted and shared as wallpapers are the property of the artist who created them and in the same manner as my images, you are asked to receive permission before using them in any way aside from their intended use. Any use of these images outside of for your own personal use as a desktop wallpaper image is prohibited without permission from the author of the image. Commercial licensing is available upon request. Please write with any inquiries.

When sharing images via your personal blogs I kindly ask that you link back directly to either the post the image was taken from or the base of the website at www.fiftyfootshadows.net and give a credit to www.fiftyfootshadows.net. Do not re-post full resolution desktop images anywhere without permission. If you would like to use an image for your blog background or something of the sort simply write to ask first. Support the artwork you admire! Also, it is greatly appreciated if you do NOT link directly to the zip files. This is more or less the same as re-posting them as it circumvents the tiny bit of support I ask of you which is to simply link back to the original post for others to enjoy the site.

It’s not fair to artists if you do not credit their work and link back to the original content creator. It is theft plain and simple and blogs that attempt to somehow be mysterious by not giving credit to the creators are simply hurting the artistic community as a whole. If you love it so much then please, support it! The artistic community on the Internet is based on trust. Without trust then what do we have? are you going to be one of the responsible users out there or will you be among the bottom feeders, stealing content and passing it off as your own to make a quick buck in ad sales.

Use your best judgement and we will get along just fine.

Thank you for your understanding and support!

-John Carey (curator, owner)