Shelley returns to the Quay Gallery with her remarkable and thought provoking still life photographs with food and nature at their heart.
As an Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival Fringe Event her exhibition is a firm favourite for lovers of food and of art. She is a photographer with a growing reputation for her striking still lifes and is absorbed in the world of slow photography. Each of her photographs is painstakingly composed using the traditions of the classical masters, but with a modern touch. She manipulates window light to tease out the beauty and texture of her subject - be it an elegant rose or a common cabbage. Her practice is informed by her continuing research of the subject.
“Nature is so beautiful and I do what I can to reveal that without the use of artificial light, just as the Dutch Masters would have done.” Shelley says “And like those Masters, I will often include subtle messages within the photograph which may not be obvious at first glance.”
Although digitally photographed, Shelley uses her computer to perform only those tasks she would have done when in the darkroom.
A selection of greetings cards using some of her photographs will also be available for sale.
“Yum! A Feast for the Eyes” is a coming together of the two popular pastimes at Snape Maltings – food and art.