“The more I deal with as a creative, the more I notice how critical it is to visually translate where I come from,” says Salome Gomis Trezise. Born in Paris, Salomé grew up in London, moved to Brussels aged eight and returned to the UK capital to start her BA in Design for Art Direction at the London College of Communication. Her mother is French Senegalese and her father is English, which inspires the subject of her photographic creations. “I try to integrate my heritage and my roots as much as possible into my work.”
Throughout Salomé’s portfolio, family and relationships take center stage. Whether it’s a series called Dysfunctional Families, in which the photographer captured a cinematic snapshot of suburban family life, or a high-contrast panoramic view of a couple hugging, posing and laughing in Figures of Love; everything she creates has a link with her roots and the notion of connectivity. Looking at the themes of legacy, love and family, she says, “I think those are three huge starting points that can turn into so many different beautiful stories that allow me to reflect my life and my surroundings while being able to reflect other peoples’ lives and my surroundings. I aim for my work to be extremely personal but at the same time relatable.”
When working on a series, first of all, it is important to note that Salomé does everything herself. She loves the process of being a “one woman team” which means she will have her fingers in many pies through creative direction, set design, photography and styling. This allows her to fully immerse herself in her own vision and art, where her ideas can fully materialize into what she has designed in her head. Moreover, without the influence of any outside source, Salomé’s work tends to become immensely personal; it’s full of intimate and relatable tales as she reflects on her life.
In the past 12 months, Salome has produced many wonderful images and series. Speaking of her favorites, she directs us to a self-portrait made with an iPhone. “I love this image because it’s such a raw translation of how I felt at the time, and it was the first time I’ve done a self-portrait in years. It definitely made me want to create a lot more too.” Shot during confinement in London, the image evokes memories of exhaustion and confinement, two emotions that she wanted to evoke photographically.
Other works include Poisoned, a photo taken in Paris a few weeks ago. Very energetic and dynamic, she wanted to create something textured and colorful, where the hues and textures “blend together harmoniously”. To achieve this, the photo depicts the most toxic side of love and trust. Elsewhere, Salomé created an image titled Hotel Room Short Stories for a story shot with her boyfriend in Milan. “This image is special to me because it encapsulates a love story in a way that is blatant but also open to interpretation.”
Although drawing from her own life and experiences, the subject explored by Salomé is indeed universally relatable. Everyone has a story to share about family, love and relationships – the good and the bad. “Through all my work, I want to create stories that stir different emotions and bring back memories,” she finally continues. “I hope my audience will resonate with my work as they will hopefully see elements of themselves in the images.”