Fleur Olby’s delicately sensual photographic work is about the environment, the transformative spirit of nature & the experience or sensation of ‘beauty’. Her practice developed through an aesthetic focus on still-life photography & the colour white, a professional grounding that along with many years’ experience of studio work for editorial, design & advertising clients, led her back to the subject of natural light & Goethe’s Colour theory on the refraction of light from black. The series, Colour from Black is an exploration of the line of abstraction of Nature, Air, Light – where a photographic image connects to an abstract emotion – Memory of, & movement through nature – the different scales of plants, gardens & landscape alongside a paradoxical engagement with the static image, create a convergence in her work which captures both motion & stillness: lightness & dark.
Established in London, her work has featured extensively in leading international & UK publications including online photography magazine, LensCulture & Fotofilmic. The magazines of The Independent; The Sunday Times; Financial Times & Observer, & awarded a Silver D&AD for work commissioned for the Eden Project.
Fleur, Plant Portraits her first monograph was published in 2005 by Fuel Publishing.
In 2018 she self-published her series, Velvet Black, launched at Impressions Photobook Fair, Bradford – Included in the V&A collection of Artists’ books in The National Library, Aperture’s library of Photobooks & The Martin Parr Foundation Library.
The A6 special edition is in the vitrine at The Photographers’ Gallery bookshop, London.
Exhibitions include her recent solo show Velvet Black-Notes at The Garden Museum, London; Field Editions, Chicago Art Fair, On Making, at The Photography Gallery in Gdansk’s National Museum, Poland & The Romantic Landscape, Norderlicht House of Photography.
Fleur Olby lives and works in North Yorkshire.