Hello, I'm Elaine Sakiris
A maker of lyrical photographs of people when they are not at work. I look at the shape of leisure time spent in the company of nature, the character and complexities of our actions in these settings, and raise questions about the authenticity and impact of these behaviours.
My fine art prints are sought out and collected by individuals with an appreciation for art that speaks in a poetic voice about the sociological and human interaction concerns. My photographs appear in exhibitions, publications, and private collections; I also license images for specific uses.
An artist with an acuity for the nature of everyday human interaction.
Based just outside of Toronto, Canada, I work intuitively in the field with ideas from sociology sitting in the back of my mind. Though it's in the processing and editing stages of the work that the themes come forward: commercialized leisure, fashionable performance, lifestyle statements, the role of spirituality, technology, and industry in such moments. There's a sensitivity for the relationship between humans and the planet, as well as the tension that can occur between individual and collective interests.
I've always been one to observe people, not to discover their individual stories, but rather to better understand how people interact and connect. Maybe it's the result of being a first generation Canadian of parents with diverse backgrounds, furthered by an initial career in marketing and business strategy consulting. Undoubtedly though, the opportunities to study further with the exceptional photographers David Hilliard, Platon Antoniou, and Mary Ellen Mark, have had great positive impact on my enthusiasm, skill, and affinity for seeing people.
Perceptive observations of the Earth and its people living there.
Lyrical poetry is a major influence on my work and reflects in the form of my photographs. It's one that speaks from an individual's perspective, with emotion, and a carefully measured amount of ambiguity - not so vague as to become abstract and layered with lots of sensory rich detail to convey the experience.
My photographs also communicate through metaphor, rhythm, tone, pattern; narratives are open and equivocal. It's an outcome from looking for a point of reconciliation - a visual form to consider what remains complex and without simple answers.