Forget Instagram trawling for a second - we've got ourselves a tonne of super talented artists living here who are dead-set on showing all of us just how beautiful the Maltese islands are. Janette Danel Helleu, is one such artist; a Dutch national who moved to Malta in 2016, she boasts a vast exhibition portfolio from a number of cities including New York, Arles, Paris, Moscow, Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Singapore.
Discovering photography at the age of 7, Danel Helleu began taking photos with her father's old Kodak camera. She moved to Malta after both of her children went off to University, selling her gallery in Paris and devoting herself to travelling around the world to pursue her passion for photography.
One of her latest ventures was at the Maritime Museum in Birgu, where she was invited to curate and organise Sea She Sees, her first exhibition here in Malta. Now Janette is hosting her first solo exhibition, Through the Eyes of Dolly at Palazzo de Piro in Mdina.
On her arrival, Danel Helleu decided to extend her photographic project, capturing the sights around Malta in the exact same way. "It's like reflecting life. What I saw and what I missed," she said. "The past which lay behind me in the mirror and the present, which I could see through the window in front of me. Consequently, the past and present intermingle with one another and it seems that there are always two stories to a situation as to a moment."