This body of work evolved from a series of sessions with the life model. With its inherent mystery and infinite expressive possibilities, the human form is for me an ideal vehicle to express the simplicity of the minimal and the abstract. I am interested in the ambiguity and fragility of the human figure and its relation with the surrounding negative space, which I attempt to merge through photography. Positive forms are liquefied into negative ones creating an impression of a presence, an uncertain image reduced to an ensemble of grey tones.

Book specifications
  • Stephen Vella - Of Light and Form
  • Publisher: Ede Books (2015)
  • Paperback
  • Language: English
  • Format:148 x 210 mm
  • Pages: 64
  • ISBN: 978-99957-862-9-8

Stephen Vella (b.1977) has been shooting photos since the age of 14, when he was given his first camera. He has been a member of the Malta Photographic Society for the past 13 years. In these years he won various awards in local club competitions – such as the Junior Photographer of the Year in 2003 – as well as the award of club Photographer of the Year 2005. He participated in several collective exhibitions, organised by the society. In 2005, he organised his first personal exhibition entitled ‘Receding Waves’. These photographic works were also exhibited in Milan, Italy. He later took part in Valletta Notte Bianca 2007 activities with an exhibition called ‘Trees’. In May 2011, Stephen was one of the photographers taking part in the Valletta Photo Festival with a portfolio entitled ‘Negative Form’. Last year, one of his prints was chosen as part of the Photogram Open 2014 at Urmson-Burnett Gallery in Salisbury and also exhibited at the Bristol Photo Festival 2014. His work was also chosen for RUUT exhibition at the Malta Maritime Museum, celebrating Malta’s 10-year membership in the EU. In 2014, he won first prize in a photographic competition entitled ‘Industrial Landscape’ organised by Malta Enterprise. Recently he had a one-man exhibition entitled ‘Structures’ at AP in Valletta, organised by Michael Bock. About 12 years ago he set up his own personal darkroom. Lately he has been experimenting with plastic cameras and different formats. Stephen is currently a full-time Art Peripatetic Teacher within the Education Department.