Elsass achieves a tri-dimensional effect in the tradition of chiaroscuro. Sun, sea, salts, and sand are as much a part of his technique as the paint. The light appears to us as an invisible energy permeating the essence of things. The paintings are no longer representations of sites; they become light, while matter and form gradually fade away. Elsass creates images from within by revisiting a space, a memory; we’re offered a more universal view than we could receive by just gazing at the original scenes.