Elena has undertaken multiple documentary projects exploring themes of family and culture. Browse them all below.
Head, hands & heart became a book about the value of relationships with grandparents. This image received an award in the 2017 Documentary Family Photography awards. ‘I want to pay homage to these people, whose lives I’ve shared parts of but also to the beauty of age and of wisdom. It’s not just blood that draws us together. We look for ourselves in others, and it’s not only in our family that we find ourselves.’ (Head, hands & heart, 2016)
Two years running she has photographed at Koroneihana. “The Koroneihana commemoration at Tūrangawaewae marae is like ‘the beating heart’ of annual pan-iwi events, as it circulates through and draws all iwi in to celebrate the Kiingitanga. Koroneihana acts as a celebration, reunion, and platform for new connections, continually revitalising the Kiingitanga.“ (Koroneihana, 2016)
To explore more about the Kiingitanga have a look at their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pg/Kiingitanga
Elena also created a project capturing the humour and character of residents of Hohepa, a community in Hawke’s Bay that provide opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities to live a full life and develop their own independence.
Whether book cover, professional or candid; portraits are one of my favourite things to do.
Music festivals are an absolute love of mine but I also photograph gallery, social or company events including Environmental Conservation Awards, Tedx Wellington Livestream locations and Te Whare Hera Gallery film screening.