about the artist

Elle Hanley is a self taught american fine art photographer currently living and working in seattle. her work is alluring and unexpected focusing mainly on capturing beauty and emotion in a still shot of time.
she began photography seven years ago as an artistic outlet and it grew into a full fledged devotion.  she was drawn in particular to self portraiture for the control it gave over the image outcome and initially emerged as a self portrait artist. Elle enjoys the challenges in creating something classic and timeless from a thoroughly modern process and the contradiction between the two is a strong theme throughout her work.   
one of her largest accomplishments is the completion of a long duration art project - 365 she worked on throughout 2011.  a photo a day, for an entire year.  currently she is mixing the realms of art and fashion, working to expand her current open series, and still shooting an occasional self portrait.  always working on several projects and bringing new and intriguing characters to life to photograph.  you may find her scouting locations on the outskirts of the city with her camera and her dog, actively looking for her next big inspiration.
she is available for commission work on a case by case basis.  please contact Elle for more information.


If you are a gallery or exhibition space interested in showing the artist’s work, please get in touch.

artist statement



my images capture rarely viewed or imagined moments andenvironments and present them to the viewer in a new and interesting way.  as an artist I want each image to cause anemotional reaction and make the viewer want to become a part of what theyperceive.  to suspend disbelief or wantto know the entire story behind an image. 

inspiration comes to me through color, texture, and natureas well as the delicate balance between them all.  I am also intrigued by the natural tensionthat exists between the human form and the space which it both occupies and iscontained by. capturing that freedom or restriction inside a frame and holdingit before the viewer are what my images undertake.

within my shooting and editing processes I evoke a timeless feelingcreating something original yet timeworn and more like a rendering of apainting often complete with brushstrokes and canvas texture.  like a relic of a time no longer definable.  
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