Worth 1,000 words … and so much more
Photographer brings her work to Olympus Caffé
When she was younger photographer Shelly Thorene used to get into debates with her artist uncle — painting v. photography.
“He (the painter) would win those arguments,” she admitted. But his logic couldn’t pull her away from her passion.
“Photography is about the present moment and awareness of the present moment,” said Thorene, 49, of Cameron Park.
To be a good photographer Thorene said you need to have a split personality — one side that has a strong ability to focus and a second side that pulls you out of that focus and into the next moment you don’t want to miss. As a photojournalist for Village Life and the Mountain Democrat, Thorene has photographed frightening and touching moments in many people’s lives. As an artistic photographer she has seen captured moments in nature that too often get overlooked, but when patrons at Olympus Caffé see those images they will likely not want to look away.
“I love being able make an image that has a universal theme, something that everyone can relate to,” Thorene said. “I feel a sense of accomplishment when I make an image that’s universally powerful.”
Thorene has a degree in art with an emphasis in photography but said she entered San Jose State with the intention of studying photojournalism. “I was too shy to pursue journalism at the time. After I hit 40 the shyness went away.” She began freelancing for the Mountain Democrat and joined the staff full time last year. “I love my job.” she said. “I get to do what I love every day.”
Thorene also uses her talents to help fellow artists display their work. She’s become an expert in photographing other people’s art, but it’s her work that takes center stage at Olympus Caffé, 4364 Town Center Blvd., Suite 110, in El Dorado Hills. Signature pieces like “The River” series and “The Sacred Heart” will be on display and for sale. The show runs through May 25.