Elwes is often concerned with events that indicate and denote constancy or change, whether it is a political event, maintaining the traditions of the local market, or the closing of a chain store. In a world of flux, significant moments pass quickly, soon to be superseded by others. He addresses certain situations in order to witness an event, to listen to people’s voices and to create a document that will remain appealing with the passage of time.
Elwes’ work has been exhibited at national and international venues including the National Portrait Gallery and The Photographers’ Gallery in London, Frölunda Kulturhaus in Göthenburg Sweden and with Fetart in Arles and Paris. He presently divides his time between Europe and México. In México his work has been exhibited in government institutions and private galleries including Centro Cultural Manuel Gómez Morín Santiago de Querétaro and Fifi Projects, México City.