New Yorkers and Their Environments is in a way a small part or my four-year Eclectic series of double exposure photographs where each city around the world has its own distinctive pace of elements, circumstances, colours; an array of miscellanea that shape what we call memory; a human quality as ephemeral as ever–changing. In New Yorkers and Their Environments I focused on different streets and areas of New York that capture the surroundings and locations where New Yorkers may cross on their way to work as landmarks. It reveals the true essence of the daily life of New Yorkers in one of the most if not the most cosmopolitan and challenging city in the world. All pictures were taken with a 35mm film camera applying the double exposure technique, using 800ISO colour film, on my way around the city trying to capture the mood and the energy that this incredible metropolis offers.
When I am shooting in double exposure with my 35mm film camera, in a way and style, I am trying to capture the true essence of a city or an area. What I want to convey is my perspective of “what you see is what you get” by capturing those unique moments when I catch an image. The double exposure allows me to capture all that but can take my images to a different level where I can be more creative by holding double–layered scenarios that will give the viewer a magical, almost surreal, perspective and sense of unnatural futurism.
- Alexandro Pelaez
This series won a Portfolio Award in the 2020 San Francisco Bay International Photography Awards.
Alexandro Pelaez is a Caracas–born analogue photographer, based in London, with a BA in Communication (Advertising) at Jacksonville University in Florida and was headhunted as an art director in the advertising agency BVK Meka in Miami. Having moved to London in 2001, where he completed his second BA (Hons) in Graphic at Central Saint Martins University of the Arts London, Alexandro has worked over the years on various photography projects with different clients in the UK, Latvia, Germany, Italy, France, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Shanghai and USA.
Alexandro has been awarded by several photography competitions and institutions. To name a few: London Photographic Association (2014), ACCI “Art of Living” (2017), International Photographer of the Year (2017), Neutral Density Photography Awards (2017), IPA International Photography Awards in New York (2018), San Francisco Bay International Photo Show (2018), Fine Art Photography Awards (2018), IPA International Photography Awards in New York (2019), Fine Art Photography Awards (2019). Alexandro received the 2nd place award by the IPA International Photography Awards 2019 in New York.
His last two Solo Exhibitions were “Londoners and Their Environments” (2018) at the Herrick Gallery (London, UK) and “Eclectic” (2019) at Bermondsey Project Space (London, UK).