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Olena Sullivan

Olena Sullivan (Photolena) began by shooting the urban landscape, focusing on the impermanence of man-made materials within the natural environment. She recently traveled to Chornobyl, Ukraine to shoot the toxic Exclusion Zone including the nuclear reactor and ghost city of Prypyat.

In the past several years, she has turned her focus to live performance photography, specializing in Toronto's alt scene, shooting burlesque, cabaret, fetish, and other areas where the body - both female and male - is celebrated in all shapes and sizes. She shoots both performance and in studio, relishing the high energy, creativity, and flexibility of both sets.

Olena has been working with Photoshop for over 20 years, predominantly in graphic design, and applies her knowledge and creative techniques to produce photo art that goes beyond the simple documentary photo. She is always learning from her photo colleagues and recently stepped into the studio to expand her skillset.

She is a founding member of two Toronto-based photography collectives that have collaborated on projects with local organizations such as Heritage Toronto and explored the burlesque festival scene in Toronto and Montreal. You can read her coverage of the Toronto burlesque scene at

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