Everything about Sally Elfishawy’s art is ethereal. The words, photos and her vision/way of seeing things are beyond the ordinary. Her work emanates sheer beauty and calm pleasure that is soothing for the soul.
Sally Elfishawy describes herself as one who does cinematography in her head 24/7. The Cairo based Photographer captures people, her city and country, Egypt and things around in an upside-down motion. Her perspective, use of color, tone, and light is sublime.
THE LIGHT THAT SHINES WHEN THINGS END "I hope that in the future they invent a small golden light that follows you everywhere and when something is about to end, it shines brightly so you know it’s about to end. And if you’re never going to see someone again, it’ll shine brightly and both of you can be polite and say, “It was nice to have you in my life while I did, good luck with everything that happens after now.” And maybe if you’re never going to eat at the same restaurant again, it’ll shine and you can order everything off the menu you’ve never tried. Maybe, if someone’s about to buy your car, the light will shine and you can take it for one last spin. Maybe, if you’re with a group of friends who’ll never be together again, all your lights will shine at the same time and you’ll know, and then you can hold each other and whisper, “This was so good. Oh my God, this was so good.”
"And when I went to sleep, I lay awake and listened to the clock on your nightstand and the wind outside and understood that I was really home, that in bed with you was home, and something that had been getting close in the dark was suddenly gone. It could not stay. It had been banished. It knew how to come back, I was sure of that, but it could not stay and I could really go to sleep. My heart cracked with gratitude. I think it was the first gratitude I’ve ever really known. I lay there beside you and the tears rolled down the sides of my face and onto the pillow. I loved you then and I love you now and I have loved you every second in between. Nobody ever gets enough safety. I’ve never forgotten how safe I felt with that thing gone out of the darkness." – Stephen King
A continuation of the project of documenting artists who do not realize they are artists. This picture was taken on Portsaid's beach in Egypt, a place which is not only for beach activities but also for commerce. The cotton candy is pink and served in a very smart way that is through long sticks to hold as many as possible. The worker lives in poor economic conditions, making only a few pounds out of each, but the irony is that this cotton candy is what brings children the most happiness while to the worker it brings him only a few pounds, not sufficient to make a living. One of the aims of this series of photographs is to highlight the workers and the art that exists within them and around them.This picture aims to contrast cotton candy as the uttermost happiness for kids but as a daily struggle for the seller, a happiness purchased at a high cost.