Girls Sports takes you into a world of pastel shades, thoughtful composition, refined construction and beautiful still life photography. Evolving from a personal blog to a place to share her own work, Seychelle Stableford has created a a feminine space where things are deconstructed, simplified, and rebuilt in true Girls Sports form.
Now two years on from studying photography and film at VCU Arts, Stableford continues to build upon and refine her own aesthetic. Whilst she is methodical in her approach to photos, often planning and sketching them prior, she feels her aesthetic for Girls Sports evolved at a point where she felt “anti-photography” whilst studying.
“You learn all these rules, like not to shoot in the centre of the frame. So I started shooting in the centre of the frame. Film was considered superior so I started to only shoot digital. Everyone wanted to shoot portraits and faces, so I turned all of my models around," she says.
What sets this girl apart from the pack is her intriguing and unique treatment of her subjects, often playing with the idea of anonymity and depersonalisation. “I have a fascination with the vehicle of the photograph and portrait, especially in recent times. We all have such a hyper aware sense of self that I like to take that away from my subjects. With just a form to look at you can only identify them as human and not as a specific individual.”
Whilst the eyes in her photographs are often averted or hidden, we’re keeping ours firmly fixed on Girls Sports in anticipation for what Stableford does next.
Words / Sarina Meuleman