Gallery Talk with Amanda Sellem

Tell us more about your background and what inspired you to become an artist and photographer.

I was born in Paris and still live and work there. From an early age, I was surrounded by art and regularly visited museums. Although I was attracted to painting and films as well, I really developed an interest in photography when I discovered and used my mother's analog camera. It soon became an obsession to photograph everything, develop films, and learn about the process. After I received my Master Degree in Photography, I immediately started working in the field.

How would you describe your work?

My work consists mostly of abstract compositions of objects in which I balance colors and add soft lighting. Combining these elements results in an abstract and oneiric version of still life photography. No matter if the work is commercial or personal, I always try to keep it personal and original.

Can you share more about the specific process involved to create your work?

Colors, light, and objects are important elements in my work. The architecture and surroundings of my apartment in Paris, as well as soft morning and evening light, really inspire me. When traveling, my ideas come for sunlight and landscape colors. My work is also influenced by painting which allows me to experiment with associated colors. As mentioned, color is very important in my work and before I start photographing, I always start with an idea on colors and the objects I would like to use.

Has the recent pandemic lockdown influenced your work?

Yes, very much so. During the pandemic, I was in lock-down in my apartment in Paris. This time alone made me see life differently. It allowed me during springtime to carefully observe an open space in the park just down from my place that inspired me to experiment and focus on the aesthetic side of my photography.