"Using images is my way of communicating with people. As a photographer interested in nature, society and beauty, I seek to engage my audience in the continuous and meaningful dialogue on these essential topics. As strong and aesthetic as I can do, my photography is never imagery in itself. The eye is a part of the brain with its function of memory and consciousness of the mind. Photography makes it accessible to others; This is how I conceive of my work and my vocation in life." T.G., (Vogue Italia, 2015.)
Jennifer Orhélys has been sailing since childhood in a broth of culture, languages and art. She was always drawn to writing, poetry, music and fashion; and lucky to be in contact with the beauty and surrounding wilderness. Strong visual experience, which will feed her years later in her artistic expression: Photography. Her fascination for the art of self-portraiture, it's a specialization that she began to practice in her studies of Cinema, Visual Arts and Art History at the School of Arts at the Sorbonne-Pantheon. Hence her photographic work in the "scénaristique" staging inspired by the Pre-Raphaelite and Romantic periods of classical painting.
The photographer, Jennifer Orhélys, seems to have found a delicate way to present her relationship to nature in minimalist compositions or grandiose landscapes typical of her native region. The emotion that carries her, Jennifer makes photographs as a mental projection of her inner world that she wants to share and present to the public. It is above all a colourful universe with subtle messages, its presence, among others, allows him to tell the photographic history of a romantic and solitary heroine. She grew up in a picturesque environment with mountains, trees and fields to infinity. Powerful and contradictory emotions are allowed to emerge a visual force universal at images. Since she experienced the dehumanization of the capital, Paris, — is with her vital need to be in contact with nature and animals. Her photographs can appear between a fairy peace and a wild melancholy.
In 2016, her work and research on the art of self-portraiture was recognized and were part of the permanent collection of the Kiyosato Photographic Museum, (a museum dedicated to photography in the Kiyosato area of the city of Hokuto, Japan).
"Jennifer Orhélys is a natural, as the strong heart heroine. Visions of the classic fairy tales."
Orhélys' exceptional self-portraits explore subjects as diverse as Romanticism, Fairy tales, Surrealism, hyper-femininity, the universe, the stars and the beauty of nature in her dramatic photographic works that lead to reflection. In her self-portraits, Jennifer shares her world with a magical appearance. So, using her face in dozens of productions, a thousand different women filled with poetry, take us on far away by sharing with us her bucolic world, dreamy and sensitive. We discover pieces of her brilliant, vibrant and surrealist portfolio, and we realize the work of this devoted artist stages her brilliant self-portraits. She is her Artistic Director, Photographer, Model, Stylist, Makeup Artist and Hairdresser. She excels in the dangerous exercise of recreating herself always in the discipline of self-portraiture.
Jennifer has exhibited from New York to Los Angeles and Berlin to Japan.
Her self-portraits have featured in several significant group exhibitions, such as the Berlin Foto Biennale / Magnum Agency (Palazzo Italia, Berlin), the Louvre Museum (Paris), Times Square (New York), the K.D. Gallery (International Biennial of Image, Nancy, France), Novotel Tour Eiffel (Paris), International Photography Week (Riedisheim, France), Artist Corners Gallery (Hollywood)...
Her photographs lead her to participate in numerous exhibitions, and her images have recognized in several prestigious national and international competitions. She regularly works with the French and foreign press.
In parallel, she reinforces her experience by training on animal behaviour and the degree of their well-being at the University of Edinburgh, U.K., (2016) and in botany with French universities (Agrocampus Ouest, Angers/National Museum of History Paris, 2018.) In 2019, Jennifer will study medicine and botany in a renowned school of herbalists. (She supports an animal rescue centre (Center Athenas) in her region, the Franche Comté, which wounded and orphaned animals reintroduce in their natural habitat.)