When Martha Sturdy sat in front of my Mamiya RZ medium format camera, she looked nothing but glamorous. She looked like a graceful, strong and comfortable lioness.
She wore black riding pants, a pair of black knee-high flat boot and a Swakara short coat. Her makeup and hair were freshly done. Her face had lines and wrinkles, but they did not diminish her attractiveness. They added depth to her beauty.
What fascinated me most, however, were her hands. Although she was wearing stunning rings that she designed herself, her hands were quite a contrast to the rest of her appearance, being wrinkled and rough with many spots. They were the kind of hands that belong to people who work with them all the time. Martha has been a fine designer for many years. But not only has she designed bold jewelry, unique home accessories and stylish furniture, she actually made some of things herself, like ceramics, sculptures and jewelry.
Martha Sturdy is a Vancouver based designer with an international reputation. She designs furniture, home accessories and wall sculptures. www.marthasturdy.com
I think this photograph truly describes what she does and who she is.
Yukiko Onley is a Vancouver based photographer specializing in photographing people. Her service is available upon request. www.yukikoonley.com