I met Shelby Sells on a summer night turn sunrise in the Hollywood Hills. She was funny and a little punk rock so we got along right off the bat. Her voice is a little raspy which I can relate to, there’s a bond between chicks with raspy voices. Anyway, I heard her story that night about growing up in Idaho and finding her place in LA. It seems like most of us were young outcasts who refused to assimilate and are now making a living out of what made us weird. Shelby and I have shared many laughs and stayed in touch throughout our time in LA. As I learned more about her creative projects and watched them evolve, I became enamored with her work .
Shelby is a sexual anthropologist, photographer, personality, and muse. A contemporary Kiki de Montparnasse, she celebrates the joy, pain, trust, exploration and acceptance in sex, relationships, and love. She interviews, photographs, and shares her stories and that of other young creatives in her blog Pillow Talk. Shelby recently began shooting on 35mm color film and a VHS camera. Her style nods to Nan Goldin and Bunny Yeager. In documenting her subjects, they become friends. The interviews are intimate and honest, and her photographs and video reflect her subjects’ trust. I’m looking forward to sharing my recent interview and photo series with Shelby and some fun collaborations for 2015.