Shelby Tay is a lifelong learner with an enduring love for photography, storytelling and home-cooked meals. Her interests have led her to work with passionate and talented people in grassroots and online organizing, healthcare, creative media, youth leadership, engineering and the arts. From wily cooking crews to quiet boardrooms, she has been researching and experimenting with community engagement strategies for the past ten years. She is grateful for the opportunity to be exploring arts-based methodologies that enable us to build resilience and reimagine possibility.
As a photographer, her work explores themes of resilience and rootedness. With a background in ecology, she is often drawn to the curiosities and contradictions inherent in spaces where one dominant system edges into another and the life that thrives in these in-betweens.
These pages make up a personal documentation project exploring what it means to make a living while making a life.