About the Photographer
Growing up in a small, fast-developing town in Minnesota surrounded by a rural landscape and raised by a farmer’s daughter, Vanessa Gamelin always felt half urbanite, half country-girl. She found any reason to be outside in the warm sun, cool breeze, and surrounded by the smells of pine trees and flowers, but also loved the modernity of city life. Considered highly creative and art driven from a young age, she decided to study fine art photography at 17 and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art.
Based now in Brooklyn, New York, both her urban and rural work explores objects, places, and scenes overlooked by most passersby. Her interests lie not in the obviously beautiful, but in the small details: the cracks in orange-brown rust, the gradations in faded color signs, the graphic lines of street lamps, the textures of dying sunflowers. There is a bit of story-telling through each photograph.
Her urban images ask questions like what sort of person owns this deli, who lives in that eccentric house, what culture lives behind that door – all based on the color of paint, the upkeep of hedges, and the cleanliness of the shop window; they deal with the outer senses. Her rural images more convey feelings rather than ask questions; they explore the inner senses. It is a combination of nature’s beautiful circle of life and how it feels to witness it.
“What inspires me most is color, pattern, and texture.
Short depth of field almost on a macro level explores small worlds that many people simply miss.”
“Your ‘Brooklyn Bridge Tower’ photo is artistically worthy of being a New York Historical Society photo – postcard, as was Robert Snyder’s. And your other Brooklyn Bridge photos also!!!”
–Konrad Czynski Professor of Humanities, Minnesota State University Moorhead and Brooklyn native.
“These prints were the perfect gift for my son who is a civil engineer and has a great love for bridges and New York! He is now enjoying them in his first apartment. The custom matting was also very well done. I would definitely recommend this artisan’s work and she was very helpful in making sure these prints were ready and shipped in a timely manner. Very pleased!”
–marlajomac happy customer on Etsy.
2011 Student Print Exchange Traveling Exhibition: Collin College, Plano, Texas; University of the Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Memphis College of Art, Memphis, Tennesee; Texas A & M University, Commerce, Texas.
2010-2011 King Hall Exhibit, Minnesota State University Moorhead, Moorhead, MN
2010 MSUM Photography Guild Juried Student Exhibition, Lord Livingston Library, Minnesota State University Moorhead, Moorhead, MN; Lisa Melander, Juror