Felicia Shelton is a travel and lifestyle photographer who has been featured in Harper’s Bazaar and has contributed to Travel and Leisure, Tom Dixon’s book The Interior World of Tom Dixon, Shopikon and Caravane.fr. Born and raised in Virginia, she left the country at age 20 and has been traveling and working abroad ever since. She speaks French and Swedish fluently having lived in both France and Sweden for years. Three years in South Korea really launched her photography in the right direction.
I love life, I love the amazing people and places I get to see through travel and photography. I focus on light, texture and movement in my photography. All that I want to do is continue to travel and share the world that I see, in my style, through photography, video and writing. C’est tout! Merci!
How would you describe your style of photography?
It’s fluid, my aim is to make you see the everyday in an extraordinary way. My photography is full of light, texture and movement, three things that are very important to me.
Can you share the backstories behind these photos?
The two photos that you see here are from a series of outstanding cafés found while I resided in Seoul, South Korea. Each café in Seoul has a unique design and I really appreciate that. I’m the kind of person that has to be just as excited about the interior design or space of a place as much as what’s on the menu, literally and figuratively speaking. If the design, flow, beauty etc. of a place does not compel me to stay, then I leave. I think this only comes with age, knowing who you are and being curious about the world around you. These are two separate cafes and in each one, I found so many color variations and playful light. I remember feeling transported to another world and I really didn’t care to return to “reality”.
What are your dreams as a photographer?
My aim is to help you stop and actually see, observe the world around you and how fascinating EVERYTHING is. I train my eyes and my mind to see. When I travel and record the world around me, I’m my truest self. I want to make more than a living with my photography, I want to create a life, a world, my world.
The “Snapshot” series are mini interviews with fellow black travel photographers to inspire others and myself. As I’ve navigated the world of travel photography over the last few years, I’ve found very few fellow photographers of color who are also doing this professionally with a heavy focus on travel documentary. So this inspirational resource of professional travel photographers of color is a way for people to always find us. Please get in touch if you’d like to be featured or know of others to feature.