Elena Ayllon is born in 1986 and grew up in Tokyo. European genes surrounded by Japanese culture; she moved back to Madrid, working with 35mm and giving to her picture this peculiar “freedom” of soul and style. Her story makes for a curious mixture of culture influences, which melt perfectly together in the composition of her images.
Elena is a Madrid-based photographer who traveled a lot and continues to travel, shooting some of the best pictures I have ever seen. Inspired by her Japanese heart, she has a very European or western standards for shoot: western focus on subject, but a glorious interaction with nature, which is not only a secondary scenario behind the human subject but a main character in the picture.
As you can see in some of Ayllon’s pictures, human characters are part of a larger subject: nature; forests, seasides, cliffs are all part of the main composition set. In fact, you’ll find little human shapes among a lot of “free” space, which is occupied by a natural character.
Elena’s street photography seems very natural and simple, just because it is not influenced by any kind of commercial or fashion purpose. She always tries to capture the soul of the subject: humans, animals, plants or things, it does not matter what or who the subject is.
In my humble opinion, the best Ayllon quotation is about how much important it is to learn technically how to shoot: «Knowledge never hurts. What is really important is the connection with your camera, there has to be a mutual understanding». This is exactly how I see photography, but in particular, the choice of shooting with film: you should not use digital cameras in order to be like 99% of the people out there, but you should find your own style and favorite technique.
When you try to find your own favorite equipment, you should choose yourself, without suggestions by other people or technical specs: you have to FEEL that the equipment suits you, just like a t-shirt.
Alessandro Panelli (aka yo.panic or .panic) is a Medicine and Surgery student, a photographer and a writer from Padova (Italy, near Venice). Read more about Alessandro’s work and life on Tumblr or add him on Facebook or Google+.