Words by Danielle Irene
Art is about finding where one stands in the extremities of life: old and new, warm and cold, soft and sharp, meaningful and entertaining.
Playing with spectrums is where an artist finds their voice. Painting with warm tones instead of cold tones, or softening an image instead of sharpening it, can all completely alter the effect of a piece—no matter how subtle the amendment.
Photographer Hayley Sellars fruitfully finds the sweet spots in all these extremes. Over just a year and a half of her online, she has amassed an audience of over 3,100 followers on Instagram and over 1,000 followers on Twitter.
Sellars’ stated her first inspiration was “Jurgen Tellers’ work from the ‘90s. His editorials with Kate Moss constantly inspire my work and creative flow. [But] I began creating at the age of 13 when my dad moved to Montreal, Canada. I wasn’t any good but I knew I wanted to capture everything that interested me.”
The interest that was sparked then grew into a lasting passion, “I then went on to study photography at college and this is where I found my passion for shooting on 35mm film and fashion editorials.”
Sellars is currently in her final year of university, and it’s become apparent to her that it is a long road to achieving stability in her career.
Despite support from her family and friends in her career, Sellars still realizes the risks.
“I think that art degrees can often be seen as ‘wasted,’ or not a ‘real’ degree,” Sellars confessed. “But it’s what I love and enjoy.”
Read the full article in this edition’s print issue.