Her first passion was ballet. She lived it. She loved it. It was her dream. It became her reality, first, with The Royal Ballet in London, later, with great ballet companies in New York and then on the Broadway stage.

Her second passion was, and still is, travel. Nothing can compete with the romance, mystery and excitement of places such as Algeria, Morocco, Burma, Ethiopia, Mauritania, Syria, Yemen, Java, Thailand, Sri Lanka, India and Nepal - just a few of the exotic visa stamps that fill her well worn passports.

During these trips collecting rare pieces to be used in her collections of contemporary jewelry with “Hints of History”, she developed a discerning eye by taking pictures of these exotic people and places. Her powerful photographs convey a deep understanding of the lifestyles and mores of these cultures and seem to transport her subjects across time and oceans into our consciousness.

To find a trader in a small Saharan village who has collected tribal silver for years… To wander the narrow alleyways of the souks of Marrakesh… To visit hill tribe villages in the remote areas of Thailand and Burma…To find a small shop in the old part of Sanaa in Yemen that still has a few exquisite old beads crafted by the Jewish silversmiths who left so many years ago.

And, while immersed in these delicious searches for jewelry and semi-precious stones, to interact with the peoples of these areas in a way that would be so difficult if one were just a tourist. That has inspired her to photograph some of the wonderful things that make us all so different, yet so much the same… To become intrigued with the amazing details and textures of the old walls and structures that she came across that almost become abstract, impressionistic paintings.

Her exotic photography has graced the pages of numerous travel publications as well as music album covers, and is now the centerpiece for this fabulous collection of walls from around the world.



DENISE SOLAY DESIGNS  - Contemporary Jewelry with Hints of History

About Denise Solay