Saelon studied photography at Foothill College in the early 1990’s and in workshops all over the place, with artists including Ruth Bernhard, Lucien Clergue, Holly Roberts, and many of our fabulous local teachers. She in turn has lectured and taught workshops privately, at St. Mary’s Art Center in Virginia City, NV and at UC Santa Cruz Extension.
Having been a passionate photographer for 25 years, her medium has evolved a few times – from silver gelatin prints, to handpainted prints and polaroid transfers, to bromoil prints and finally to archival digital prints. Her subjects have also varied, including traditional landscapes, various kinds of nude imagery, and floral images.
Saelon has won numerous awards from the Photography Master’s Cup and from B&W Magazine, and one of her photographs was included in the 2010 Collector Print Program at the Center for Photographic Art. Her work has been published in many photographic books and magazines, including Naked and the Lens: A Guide to Nude Photography by Lous Benjamin, published by Focal Press, Camera Craft: Nudes, published by Applied Visual Arts, Women by Women, published by Delius, Defending Pornography by Nadine Strossen, published by NYU Press, and others. She has had solo exhibits at The Main Gallery in Redwood City, Serra House at Stanford University, Sullivan Goss Books & Prints Ltd. In Santa Barbara, and others, and has been included in numerous group exhibitions, including many at the Center for Photographic Art. She has won awards from the Photography Master’s Cup annual competition and from the B+W Annual awards. Her work has been on the web since 1994.
I originally studied Biology and hoped to be a park naturalist, but life had other plans for me. An early accident left me with too much chronic pain to be able to work in the career I had in mind. I tried photography just for a little fun and it turned into a lifelong obsession, with joys that more than made up for those early losses.
My focus has metamorphosed a number of times over the years, but for many years now a special passion has been photographing California native wildflowers in situ, finding extraordinary beauty in some of our rapidly vanishing flora as more of our lands continue to be disturbed all the time, covered with concrete or taken over by invasive species from other lands.