born in Stavanger, Norway, a picturesque port surrounded by a
landscape known for its breathtaking fjords and majestic mountains.
At the age of five, her family moved to Oslo, where, in the winter,
she often skied to school. During her teenage years, her family lived
in the outskirts of Paris, exposing her to a different culture with
its richness in art and architecture. During this time, she traveled
throughout Europe, taking in the beauty and history of ancient cities,
museums, cathedrals, and castles, as well as regional landscapes.
She was drawn to photography during this time and developed an
interest in travel photography. After returning to Stavanger where
she received her high school diploma, she studied in England and
France. Later, while working for the Norwegian State Department,
stationed at the NATO Headquarters in Brussels, she met her future
husband, Sam Sobol. They subsequently moved to Honolulu, where the
tropical beauty of the islands offered new photographic opportunities,
followed by San Francisco where she has resided since 1974.
begun her studies at the University of Oslo and continued at the
University of Hawaii, she received her
Art History from UC Berkeley. She also took photography classes
and learned darkroom techniques. In 1979, she opened
Images of the
North, a gallery specializing in Inuit (Eskimo) art. During the
ensuing two decades, she devoted herself to the gallery and to her
family, raising two children.
Helene’s photography is versatile and includes people, animals,
architecture, landscapes, and close-ups of nature. Her images are
evocative and timeless, expressing special moments that reflect moods
and feelings. Inspired by the beauty of nature, her images often
reveal details that make for compelling and painterly compositions,
some naturalistic, some abstract.
Helene embraces digital photography which offers her the immediacy
of this medium and the opportunity to compose, edit, and express her
personal vision. Her giclee fine art prints are produced in open and
Helene Sobol is the founder and former owner of Images of the North,
an art gallery with one of the most extensive collections of Inuit
art in the United States. For more information about it see:
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