“Divine Nature” photography exhibition opens at ArtPrint Photo Gallery
By Víctor Aguilar
“This project is a series of images that represents the crossroad where woman meets the divine spirit of nature in the form of animals, and where she embraces it. There’s a long history in shamanic traditions and ancient cultures where humans have imbued themselves with the special qualities that animals have and their relationship to the world. Eating a part of the animal, or wearing a part of the animal, or using the animal as a totem deeply permeates us with their special powers. We want to come back to that state of grace where we are aligned with nature as animals are in the right relationship with their environment.”—Holly Wilmeth
By Holly Wilmeth
Fri, Jul 11, 7:30pm
ArtPrint Photo Gallery
After two years of working on a series of photographic assignments, which have taken her around the globe, Holly Wilmeth is back in San Miguel and will be exhibiting her exciting new series of work “Divine Nature” at ArtPrint Photo Gallery. The project that evolved into these wonderful images took her to the coasts of Oaxaca, Costa Rica and Oregon. The artist explains in her own words how the project was born: “This series of images began on the coast of Oaxaca, Mexico. My husband and I were taking some time off from a couple of busy years working to relax and reconnect with nature and our bodies. We were also in an area of Oaxaca which is a sanctuary for turtles. I kept on coming across turtles and then one day came a dead olive ridley. I decided to learn to clean the bones and also look behind the symbolism of this beautiful creature. The turtle symbolizes Mother Earth as well as being centered and well-grounded in life—a perfect starting point for a personal project exploring the spiritual connection between humans and animals.”
After leaving the beach of Mazunte on the Pacific coast, they stopped by an animal rehabilitation center for iguanas. “I later learned that iguanas symbolize and teach the importance of respecting and remembering our dreams, facing our fears, and moving in the underworld,” she explains. And so it was that this new series slowly started unfolding; photographing animals at different rehabilitation centers and people that are advocates of animals, allowing one place to lead to the next.
Holly Wilmeth was born and raised in Guatemala. As the daughter of a farmer and teacher, she spent half her time in the city and the other half in the dense jungles and agricultural landscapes of Guatemala. She is a freelance photographer and holds a degree in political science and languages. She speaks fluent Spanish, German, and English. Her passion for ethnic cultures and hiking has taken her around the world, from the remote corners of East Asia to the far north of Mongolia.
Her journey in photography began on the streets of Guatemala and its countryside, documenting the culture and people’s relation to agriculture. As a documentary photographer she focuses on in-depth stories relating culture, diversity and people to their environment.
Her work has been published in international publications such as National Geographic Adventure, The New York Times, Care, Time Magazine, GEO Magazine, Monocle, The Economist, Travel & Leisure, etc.
She is presently based in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.