Shelagh Howard is an award-winning photographer and visual artist whose work explores the universality of the human experience, with the human form as both focus and framework.
Photography, for Shelagh, is a personal epiphany: a liberation, a revelation, a revolution. Through her unflinching lens, she invites viewers to dismantle the slick edifice of artificially constructed identities, and to instead turn inwards and reflect on the nature of the true, vulnerable self. Working in nudes and portraits, Shelagh leverages multiple and long exposures to create dichotomous images that are both vividly dynamic and achingly minimalistic.
Each powerful, sensual photo asks viewers to see its subject free of the trappings of clothing or gender, captured outside of time, and to consider what it means to belong to and in a body. Without the backdrop of easy identifiers or assumptions to hand, the work spotlights the exploration of concepts like beauty, body image, intimacy, loneliness, vulnerability, isolation, and connection through the expression of human flesh.
Shelagh’s work with the male figure explores the rarely seen perspective of the male nude through a woman's eyes—one that challenges traditional, toxic masculinity in favour of a viewing experience that is genuine, curious, human and humane.
A Toronto native, Shelagh has exhibited both at home in Canada and abroad in the U.S. and in Europe.