Esdras Thelusma portrays the up-close and personal aspects of photography.
His work views Florida natives in their most vulnerable states.
“When I take a photo, I like to make them uncomfortable. I’m literally all up in [their] grill, nostrils, and all,” he said. “That is when I know I have snapped the perfect shot. It’s one thing to see someone from a distance but when you close the gaps, it forces a greater understanding.”
Thelusma’s piece is now on view at the Feels Like 97 Degrees° lens-based exhibition with Oolite Arts.
The free event features artwork by several artists including Jerry Carnation, Angel Lauren Garcia, Ivete Lucas, Patrick Bresnan, Monica Uszerowicz, and Sofia Valiente.
The pragmatic collection, curated by visual artist Michelle Lisa Polissaint, offers insight into socio-economic issues including race, class, gentrification and diversity.
The pieces will be on view by appointment at 928 Lincoln Road in Miami Beach through January 23, 2022.