Shayla Glover is a fine arts photographer who focuses on themes of abstraction and manipulation. She will be exhibiting some of her work later this year at Millepiani Gallery in Rome. Here, Shayla discusses the creative process behind some of her most meaningful photography series.
Worlds Within Worlds
I used this project to look at the landscape around us in a new and unusual way. Within my work, I like to create new ways of seeing the world around us so this project encompasses this. The spherical shapes represent this idea of there being unusual and other worlds within our own, just by adjusting our views.
Mum & Me
I shot this series on a medium format camera, which was the first time I had taken one out to a location. So this was a process of me learning as I went. The series itself looks at the relationship between my mum and myself, and how it has changed or stayed the same since she had recently just moved to a new town. It also became more about the relationship between photographer and model/sitter because, as I said, I had never shot with medium format on location before.
I started this project when I moved to Lymington in Hampshire, England after graduating this past July. Although my mum has lived here for almost three years now, it is still a relatively new place for me. I wanted to start a project that looks at the history (the old) and bring them into today (the new). My style of photography is abstraction and giving the subjects I photograph a "new" lease of life and to be looked at in a different way.
In this series, I am looking at the relationship between my grandparents and myself. My nan loves the garden and flowers so I thought using flowers would be a good starting point. Flowers also have meaning behind them so I thought I could relate these back to my relationships. This project came about during a time when my grandad got diagnosed with leukemia. [This project] felt like the best way to deal with the emotions I was going through. Unfortunately, my grandad passed away before I finished this series of work.