Life by Selena Photography
Montreal portrait & wedding photographer

Artists in Studio Portraits

Since 2015 have been documenting working artists in their studios in a portrait photo series entitled "Artists in Studio". Through this project of environmental portraits I explore the subculture of freelance artists, from a female woodworker to a male leather artisan and a non-binary craftsperson. This is a project of Montreal photographer Selena Phillips-Boyle of Life by Selena Photography.

ARTISTS IN STUDIO

Since 2015 I have been documenting working artists in their studios in a photo series entitled "Artists in Studio". Through this project I explore the subculture of freelance artists, from a female woodworker to a male leather artisan and a non-binary craftsperson. As I work collaboratively with each subject, we discuss aspects of their work that they want to highlight through images and interviews, including details of their work process, challenges they faced when starting as an artist, and their current vision of their work. 

As I continue to develop this project, I will focus exclusively on non-male artists with a diverse range of artistic practices, racial backgrounds, genders, and sexual orientations to understand a broad range of work. As a backlash against mass production, there is currently increased demand for locally sourced artisanal goods. In the face of craftsmanship being idealized, I will explore the realities of precarity, mental load, and invisible labour of these workers through photos and audio interviews. The second half of this project will connect my documentary work to my experiences as a freelance artist through a series of self-portraits. In its final form, I envision this project being displayed as a photo installation which incorporates audio segments to bring greater depth and intimacy to the selected images.

I am a queer photographer and a labour activist. This intersection allows me to connect with each artist to better understand the nature of their working lives so these experiences can be translated through each environmental portrait.