Elliot Sexwale is a photographer and artist based in Watford, UK. In his latest body of work he has been creating imagery that captures the relationship between photographer and subject. Drawing inspiration from voyeurism and erotica, his aim is to convey feelings of intimacy within his photographs.
How would you define beauty?
It’s completely subjective, but personally I find it has little to do with aesthetics. It’s about presence, and if it’s having that much of a positive effect on you, it’s going to be something beautiful.
What do you love about photography?
What is most appealing is the desire to communicate, create and document. And with photography, the camera enables this expression.
Can we photograph the female body differently in a more powerful way?
Yes we can, Harri Peccinotti has been doing it since the 1960’s.
What Inspires you?
I would like to think that I’m inspired by most things that I’m exposed to, either consciously or subconsciously I’m taking in information that might slightly change my temperament and therefore how I express myself at that time.
Film or digital?
It feels so much more satisfying having a tangible photograph on film, also limiting yourself to either 36, 24 or 12 frames forces you to think more about the photograph you are taking.
Whats next for you?
Im currently in the process of shooting for a book titled Playmate, I’m hoping to have it completed within the next couple months.
photography: elliot sexwale