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 state and complexities of our actions in these settings.
My fine art prints are admired and collected by individuals with an interest in art that speaks with a poetic voice, about the sociological and human aspects of connection. My photographs appear in exhibitions, publications, and private collections. I also license images for specific uses.
Based just outside of Toronto, Canada, I work intuitively in the field photographing people in their leisure pursuits, because when we are at leisure, we have the most freedom to define who we are and what we are do. I photograph what we do as part of western society.
I am a first generation Canadian of parents from European descent, and lived in Eurasia and India before eventually settling in Canada - people with deep cultural beliefs who repeatedly tried to fit into or mold different societies. I grew up carefully observing the people in my communities, noticing how they would go about interacting with each other within the dominant culture, how they sought to connect and achieve a sense of belonging. My photographs are an extension of that looking, those observations, translated to visual language.
Series of Lyrical Observations
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 - open, equivocal narratives, layered with sensory rich detail to convey the experience.
It's an outcome from looking for a point of reconciliation - a visual form to consider what remains complex and without simple answers.