Leon Alesi is an artist living in Austin, Texas using photography to cultivate a deeper connection with those he photographs and the world around him.
About the "Us and Them" series: These images were taken between 2015-2018 in the Bouldin Creek neighborhood of Austin, Texas; a neighborhood where I’ve lived for the past 23 years that is currently in the throes of rapid change. Over the past several years while walking around my neighborhood I gaze at the houses that literally sit next to each other and I’m struck by the contrasts that exist as our neighborhood fitfully fights its way forward. Presenting these portraits of houses allows for the direct comparison of the changing ways of life in my tiny microcosm of Austin, and the city at large. In effect, creating a snapshot of an ever changing landscape that speaks to the diverse topics of architecture, scale, economy, gentrification, and sense of place.
About the "Personal Space" series: The world we live in seems to get more impersonal each passing day – more connectivity, but less connection. The process of making portraits allows for the creation of an intimate relationship, even if just for the couple of hours spent together. The term “personal space” describes a protected physical and psychological area reserved for those close to us. The intimate nature of these portrait sessions require those barriers to come down in an interaction filled with trust and authenticity, resulting in images of unguarded, revealing moments.
About the "Primordial Totem" series: For this project I seek out landscapes that exhibit a definitive presence and ancient permanence. Through reorientation, these images reveal the spirit of the natural world and talismans of the earth itself. These images expose the true fortitude, durability and eternal power of primordial earth and create contemporary vessels for ancient lives.
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