“The real world is my mantra and natural light my master.” Deborah Kelland.
Deborah creates large-scale photographic lightboxes. Her approach is not to simply observe but to engage with her subject and subsequently present the raw and ‘untouched’ images to the viewer, the lightboxes emphasising the energy and natural light present at the time the image was captured.
Deborah’s focus is to place a spotlight on the uplifting and inspiring effect of the natural world that surrounds us.
In her recent series ‘Light of the Soul’, Deborah‘s muse is the rose. Here the lightboxes mimic the sun’s rays while the large scale of the roses themselves encourage the viewer to consider the flower’s purity of form, it’s extraordinary design, energy, and connection to spirituality, to see beyond the rose’s everyday infamy as a token gesture of love and celebration.
Photographed entirely at the Parnell Rose Gardens in Auckland, this series is dedicated to Deborah’s late mother who in her later life, whilst blind and in a wheelchair, loved to visit this garden and “smell the roses”.
Deborah has had a lifelong passion for nature and design after being fascinated with the Rules of the Golden Section as a teenager. She expresses her love for bringing the outdoors indoors through her fine art photography, unashamedly asking the viewer to embrace and rebalance our lives with the colour and energy of the natural world.
Deborah Kelland is a contemporary New Zealand photographer living on Waiheke Island and has been represented by Parnell Gallery since 2019.