Lesley’s passion for photography began in adolescence and evolved into a career that encompasses documentary photography, curatorial experience, and now fine art photography. She received a BFA in Photography from the Hartford Art School at the University of Hartford in 2000. After leaving Connecticut, Lesley’s passion for the vivid and authentic documentation of her subjects led her around the world, but primarily to Latin America.
Lesley’s love of photography also encompasses a love for the community of artists and the process of sharing work. In the spring of 2009, Lesley opened her own photography gallery in Austin, TX. As one of the few photography galleries in Austin, L. Nowlin Gallery housed a wide array of genres, focusing on black and white, fine art, documentary and alternative process. After two dynamic years, Lesley made the decision to close the gallery in order to retrain her eye and energy back to the art and process of photography that captured her love and attention as a teenager.
After years of focusing on the techniques of documentary and street photography, Lesley is currently focusing on the fine-art print. Inspired by artists of all mediums, she takes particular interest in the work of painters such as John William Waterhouse, Gustav Klimt, John Everett Millais and Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio. Their content, the chiaroscuro, the feminine influence, and the highly real yet ethereal subject matter all resonate with the layered and multi-dimensional approach she takes when constructing a piece of art. Echoes of this can be seen in her process from the initial direction of subjects to the manual execution and manipulation of the photograph, using alternative mediums such as platinum and palladium to strike a more conceptual tone while delivering a powerful image steeped in narrative.
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