“A story about humanity.”
This is essentially how art director and creative designer Elsa Allen describes “Friendly Strangers”, an exclusive selection of photography taken by herself, depicting the human experience of a young solo photographer travelling the world, offering the visitors a journey through the looks and faces of the people who welcomed her in the most remote corners of this earth. All this with the context
of the Maltese capital of Valletta, nominated for the current year as the European Capital of Culture, serving as the basis to invite everyone to discover, enjoy and create culture together.
With hindsight to the selection of photography, Elsa further comments that the exhibition ultimately encompasses “the power to feel at home, even in the most remote corner of the world.
It’s about people that welcomed me with a smile, a look, a gesture; strangers who shared a moment of their lives, that left me with an incredible memory, to remembered forever. And now,
I can only dare to share my experience through these photos.”
Elsa is an art director and creative designer with a strong aesthetic sensibility and a special eye for imagery. Born in Italy in 1985, she studied Art Direction and Communication in Milan and discovered her passion for photography whilst travelling at a young age. She made her first solo trip to Japan when she was 23 and after years of exploring the world in bits and pieces, she recently made the trip of a lifetime, a 6 month period of travelling from South East Asia
to South America.
Travelling with little more than a backpack and her camera, she made her way through India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Ecuador and Peru, in the meantime collecting unforgettable memories and impactful photos.