Art People Gallery Presents Photographer Elen Gales’ New “See Through” Collection – September 16-30, 2012

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Art People Gallery, a premier San Francisco art gallery, presents “See Through,” the new collection of Photographer Elen Gales.

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When she was a child, Elen Gales remembers this creativity exercise where her teacher would ask her class to “close your eyes and tell me what you see.” Elen would often imagine a filmy white fabric, diaphanous in texture, so thin that it could transmit light. She saw fineness, lightness and translucency that served as an overlay to whatever it was that she chose to imagine. Not only did it make the image in her mind beautiful but it also gave out a sense of ethereality. She considers that exercise her first introduction to “filters” and “layers,” an introduction that would later greatly influence her style in photography. Elen Gales’ new “See Through” collection will be on show at Art People Gallery in the Crocker Galleria, 50 Post St., Suite 41, San Francisco, CA 94104, from September 16-30th, 2012.

Originally from the Philippines, Elen Gales lived in Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Nepal. Exposed to different languages and lifestyles, she immersed herself in various social norms and cultures. In 2001, her work with Young Asia Television in Colombo, Sri Lanka, gave her a new opportunity to approach this cultural immersion. She helped produce television documentaries for international NGOs on issues relating to human rights, sustainable development, environmental conservation as well as cultures and lifestyles in Asia.

It was during her residence in Kathmandu in 2006 that she discovered photography. Her television background greatly influenced her photographic genre and style. With her camera, she explored Kathmandu valley and the surrounding rural areas and created her very first portfolio. Poverty had been the central theme, and the bitter winter of Nepal gave it a more profound background. Photographing the local people, their situations and the environment they lived in, she attempted to combine photojournalism and fine art. Elen Gales believes that it is just as important for an image to have a compelling message as it is to be valued for its visual artistry.

Elen Gales has no formal training in photography but hands-on experience. While some photographers strive for technical perfection, her primary focus is composition. She attempts to evoke emotions, to move people and introduce them to something unfamiliar, yet something they can relate to. She always seeks inspiration in almost everything she does and sees, and believes that if lit, something mundane or ordinary if lit, framed and treated beautifully could turn to something extraordinary. After all, it is the attention that you give to your subject that makes all the difference.

In 2007, Elen Gales moved to California and continued experimenting with complex lighting, textures and various genres. In 2011, she had her first solo exhibit at Art Works Downtown in San Rafael. The collection, entitled “Familiar Stranger” highlighted her love for travel portraiture, focusing more specifically on monochrome photography.

Elen Gales’ new collection “See Through” is a celebration of beauty in the form of experiments involving digital image layering techniques and transparency elements. The highlight of this series is the four main pieces titled ‘Sun’, ‘Moon’, ‘Stars’ and ‘Clouds’ on which she collaborated with her husband, Digital Artist Kush Amerasinghe, to interpret common celestial elements using human figures and translucent subject matter. Gales uses her background in photography and video to capture human subtleties through portraiture.

Elen Gales’ will show her “See Through” photo collection in a solo exhibit at Art People Gallery from September 16st through September 30th, 2012. The opening reception is scheduled for Wednesday, September 19th, from 4-7pm.

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Art People Gallery, a premier San Francisco art gallery, is located in the Crocker Galleria, 50 Post St., in the heart of the financial district, near Union Square’s exclusive shopping area, close to the MOMA and the Jewish Museum. Art People is a full service gallery installation.

Art People Gallery is open Mondays through Fridays 10am-6pm, and on Saturdays from 11am-5pm. For more information, contact Ali Meamar at (415) 956-3650 or at info(at)artpeople(dot)net. You can also become a follower of Art People Gallery’s Facebook page.

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