Featured Artist Hayley Roberts

Australian photographer Hayley Roberts’ photographs are magical stories brought to life. To see more of her portfolio, please visit her website.

 

“Storm Clouds Gather” Photograph, 20” x 20” by photographer Hayley Roberts. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Storm Clouds Gather” Photograph, 20” x 20”

 

When I was young I was enchanted with the fairytales my parents read to me before bed, believing the world was full of magic and mystery. Through photography, I am able to bring to life the kinds of magical stories I adored as a child.

 

“Dance of the Jacarandas” Photograph, 16” x 20” by photographer Hayley Roberts. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Dance of the Jacarandas” Photograph, 16” x 20”

 

These are the stories that bend and break the rules of reality, where magic is a part of the fabric of the universe.

 

“Deer Petal” Photograph, 20” x 20” by photographer Hayley Roberts. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Deer Petal” Photograph, 20” x 20”

 

I am a self-taught photographer who spent four years learning my craft by photographing landscapes and animals. Now I use trick photography and Photoshop to composite pieces of these images into larger scenes, while using costumes, props and posing to convey my stories. For the sake of cost and convenience I mainly shoot self-portraits.

 

“If You Go Down to the Woods Today” Photograph, 16” x 22.4” by photographer Hayley Roberts. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“If You Go Down to the Woods Today” Photograph, 16” x 22.4”

 

I work very simply and cost effectively, photographing myself against sheets and plain walls using natural lighting or a couple of flashes, but making sure the light will match my background scene. I then use Photoshop to remove myself from these backgrounds and composite my character into their intended scenes. I buy costumes and props from op shops and wigs from eBay to give variety to the look of my characters.

 

“Rosewater” Photograph, 20” x 20” by photographer Hayley Roberts. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Rosewater” Photograph, 20” x 20”

 

In contrast with my interest in magic, I am equally fascinated by “looking behind the curtain” and studying the creative techniques that photographers use to defy reality.

 

“Siren’s Sorrow” Photograph, 20” x 20” by photographer Hayley Roberts. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Siren’s Sorrow” Photograph, 20” x 20”

 

Tricks like levitation, miniatures, special effects and double exposures – I am obsessed with learning and replicating these techniques in my work.

 

“The Blue Girl” Photograph, 20” x 20” by photographer Hayley Roberts. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“The Blue Girl” Photograph, 20” x 20”

 

This is why I was inspired to start the “Exposing Illusions” project on my website where I study and use various techniques and then write tutorials to teach others the process. I guess I’m the kind of magician who reveals their tricks. But for me, the true art is the process of creation and not the end result.

 

“The Endless Delight of Delirium” Photograph, 20” x 20” by photographer Hayley Roberts. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“The Endless Delight of Delirium” Photograph, 20” x 20”

 

I’m sure it will be no surprise considering my interest in stories to learn that I work in a library. Every day I am surrounded by thousands of stories that help people escape from reality for a time.

 

“The Wrong Dress” Photograph, 20” x 20” by photographer Hayley Roberts. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“The Wrong Dress” Photograph, 20” x 20”

 

I hope that my images also provide a temporary retreat from the boredom of life’s routines, helping people recapture their childhood wonder.

 

“Time Flies” Photograph, 16” x 22.4” by photographer Hayley Roberts. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Time Flies” Photograph, 16” x 22.4”

 

My goal is to combine my passions for travel and conceptual photography by travelling around Australia and creating portraits in iconic and picturesque locations that showcase the beauty and stories of the country where I live.

 

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Comments

  1. Such imaginative narrative images! I enjoyed seeing them. I love all the details and natural beauty that are part of the scenes.

  2. Brilliant work Hayley! A feast for the eye and the imagination.

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