My first guest on this new blog feature is in the spotlight this week: Fine Art photographer Silas Shabelewska opens a show tomorrow night curated by the Soufer Gallery on Madison Avenue (22 Sept - 29 oct. 2011). She warmly welcomed me in her peaceful & softly lit one bedroom apartment that she shares with painter & husband Andre Von Morisse.
We spent an afternoon talking about the importance of preserving photography as an art of mastering the light more than a matter of technology.
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Tell me where you live, since when and where you are from originally
I live in New York in the West Village. Originally I am from Monaco where I was born and raised. I came to the States in October 1983 and In September 1985, I moved to New York. I've lived in New York since then.
The best advice I received was from Bob (Martin). He told me: "Anyone can learn how to print, anyone can learn how to use a camera. The most important thing is your imagination as well as the way you look at the light... not everyone can do that." I still use his advice today in my work.
A quality or talent you envy in others?
I am always amazed by other people's imagination. I don't envy others, I admire what they come up with. It's inspirational and refreshing.
How would you describe your home?
My home is my sanctuary. I try to keep it minimal which is difficult when living is such a small space. I love modern furniture, mine are handmade by Ben Bajorek Studio Furniture. I collect handmade pottery, glasses, textiles and throws. All textiles on the bed are handmade Polish folk Art from 1970's.
Your most cherished object ?
My favorite objects actually are a white vase that belonged to my maternal grandmother. Its from the 50's or 60's modern era in Poland. When she passed away this is the only thing I could carry with me back to America. And my collection of bears, hand-downs from my grandfather.
What activity makes you feel most "at home"?
Reading while listening to music and looking at the flame of candles...
Your latest obsession?
Glassybaby a company that makes handmade glass votive in Seattle. I own a few now and I am totally obsessed by their glow. That's the only place i shop now when I have to make a gift.