Personal Space by Leon Alesi

Issue 24

The world we live in seems to get more impersonal each passing day; more connectivity, but less connection. I take portraits to engage in a deeper connection with people.

I wasn't a portrait photographer when I first started, and the closeness of the situation made me uneasy, but there was something in the results that was intriguing. The photographs I am presenting in the series titled "Personal Space" are images of people in their private environments. The exploration of their homes allows me to see how they function within their space. The intimate nature of an individual's house, and all the supportive information it gives, allow me to render a richer portrait.

Often, I utilize the bedroom as the setting for my portraits. This room feels like the final frontier, the part of the house you hardly ever see. It's usually not the place you are one on one with another, especially someone you may have never met before. There is an innate tension here that is unique. Within this context I am able to dig deeper and get beyond the veneer. The feeling, mystery and revelation get their hooks into me, so I keep pushing forward into uncomfortable territory. What I hope to achieve with the sitter is an exchange and the unfolding of a more intimate relationship. For the viewer, I hope my images expose the subject's beauty, strength, and uniqueness.

Leon Alesi is an Asheville, NC based artist.
To view more of Leon's work, please visit his website

  Karibou 

Karibou 

  Stephen 

Stephen 

  Racquel 

Racquel 

  Gail 

Gail 

  Ella 

Ella 

  Luann 

Luann 

  Audra 

Audra 

  Amrit 

Amrit 

  Mark

Mark

  Ryan 

Ryan 

  Melinda 

Melinda 

  Amber 

Amber 

  Cheryl 

Cheryl 

  David 

David 

  Ian 

Ian 

  Angela 

Angela 

  Ben 

Ben 

  Eleanor 

Eleanor