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About Me

My name is Elena Raceala and I live in Constanta, a city located in Romania, on the Black Sea shore and  I consider myself a world citizen. 

I describe my work as Fine Art with surreal, grunge, or poetry valency.

Artist statement

Photography is emotion. I can't say exactly how and when the click happened, but on one of my trips to Italy in 2013, on a rainy morning, I took the first photo I'm very attached to. From that moment on, part of me lives through photography. The transition from travel and street photography to Fine Art was made out of the desire to express my vision, my message. I want to convey through my images the emotion of discovering the perspective of a moment, of a story without words. Life inspires me, people with joys or difficult moments, sometimes my compositions resemble the human condition in which light and darkness live together. I like to look for new places that will surprise me, but I like the human presence, the usual moments, from everyday life, moments that I then expose in a black and white vision. Every moment is unique, I stop at what my heart tells me that I can portray them in a visual story. What I want is for the emotion I felt when I took the photo to reach the one who sees it. The story does not stop here, I want to touch the conceptual side as well as other photographic projects in the future. Touch my vision!


Some of my photos are published by  1xcom, Photoimaginart and One Eyeland. 

Curator of 100ASA - curated photo gallery

Education

School of Photographic Art: Cultural Center "Teodor Th. Burada" Constanta, Professor Iulia Pana - 2019

"Seeing Through Photograph" with Curator  Sarah Meister /online course authorized by The Museum of Modern Art.                   

Awards

•Honorable Mention at Minimalist Photography Awards 2021 /Street Photography •11 Nominees from The 7th Fine Art Photography Awards: 6 / Fine Art Category, 3 /Open Theme, 1 / Conceptual, and 1 /People. • Honorable Mention at Tokyo International Foto Awards 2020/Fine Art • Honorable Mention at Budapest International Foto Awards 2020 /People - Life Style (Series)• Silver Medal at Montenegro 2020/ Category: Nude • Honorable Mention at Macedonia Circuit 2020 /Open Monochrome • First Prize: Art Limited Awards 2019 / Category: Sport • Finalist Black and White Photo Contest / Travel Category, One Eyeland Photography 2019 • Finalist 500px Contest: “What Lies Beneath” 2019 • 4th Fine Art Photography Awards / Nominee in Photojournalism 2018 • Finalist Photographer of the Year in Romania 2018/ Category: Street • Finalist Black and white Photo Contest / Advertising Category - Conceptual, One Eyeland Photography 2017

Personal Exhibition

"Tomorrow is an other day" Collection, personal exhibition under the auspices of the Fine Art Vision 20/21 event held at the Romana Gallery in Bucharest between November 1-13, 2021.

"Inside - outside shadows" at Constanta FotoFest 2020

"Fraction of light", in March 2020 at the Art Museum from Constanta.