Manuel Elías’ photography rescues the unseen mystery within the familiar, using a moody atmosphere while dancing with details, colors, and textures. His images are projections of how he approaches the world through a meditative sight - apparently quiet on its surface, but intriguing, confusing and ethereal on its core.

He uses his practice to connect his emotional responses with his surroundings and make sense out of this interaction. Meanwhile, steering at light, sensing the slight changes in it, absorbed by the moment, he enjoys recreating images rich in mood with a poetic aesthetic. He frees his sensibility as a child, letting the moment take over.

The balance between these elements allows him to peel multiple themes that overlap among themselves, such as culture, society, family, childhood, memory, oblivion, loss and grief. All of them, key gears of the unavoidable cycle of life and death.

He was born in Lima, Peru (1976) and his background in Communication Sciences, filmmaking and advertising enables him to use his devotion for storytelling with still images. He lives and works in New York City.

Email: info [at] meliasphoto [dot] com.

Group exhibitions & Publications.

Bruxelles Art Vue. Street Life 2022 (p54-55),  Brussels - Belgium. April 2022.

Photo Place Gallery. Traces, Vermont - US. February 2022.

The Curated Fridge Project. Autumn 2021, Boston - US. November 2021.

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