Strawbleu is the pseudonym of member Jon Eland.
A timebanker since 2015, he has two photographic art practices and loves collaboration and collective development – he has been involved in several local and international artistic collectives.
Whilst his photographic style does differ between practices and from project to project you can be certain that each series will have a sense of narrative that also has some unreality.
His strawbleu practice is focused on capturing what it is to be in a place; responding on a personal level to the environments he finds himself in, his But I Like It practice uses gay and queer men as it’s subject – looking at identities, tribes and society impacts how individuals react with the world at large.
Alongside his photographic projects Jon worked to develop a real-world element for Flickr (the social network) in Leeds before founding the Exposure Leeds photographic group (which ran for 5 years), as part of this he brought the Photocamp concept to Europe. Since this he created the (we are) Obscured international queer art collective and has exhibited with the Homosurrealism group in London, Warsaw and Paris as well as other exhibitions throughout the UK, in Athens, Rome, Dortmund, Louisville, Los Angeles and New York
Currently Jon is refining his practices looking at assemblage with fabric and needle crafts as can be seen from his most recent work, shown at Homosurrealism Paris:
You will find more of his work posted:
- Strawbleu practice: Web, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter
- But I like It practice: Web, Facebook, Instagram