This image is part of a new series I'm working on, "Anonymous America".
My assignment is to photograph those living on the edge of society, the invisible American's. The homeless, the addicted, the mentally and emotionally unstable; the people encountered everyday asking for help or simply seeking relief in some quiet corner because the social and economic safety nets are underfunded and failing across America.
The challenge for me is, how do I accomplish this in a way that balances my own sense of integrity, honor, humility, humanity and dignity with my desire to tell the stories of these anonymous souls with gut wrenching honesty in a fresh and powerful manner without exploiting them? Essentially, how do I image the forgotten in a...
I am a documentarian and storyteller, an editorialist and voyeur.
Photography is the constant that ties my past to my future.
It is an action; a way of being and thinking that informs, distracts, consumes and enriches my experience of this life.
It is a habit, a process so familiar that it sometimes feels like muscle memory. I push the shutter to document, to collect with clarity and accuracy the moments and things that will be transformed by time, memory and sentimentality.
Often, my images strike me as visual metaphors of where I was emotionally when I physically made the image.
Elena Bouvier is a Philadelphia-based artist whose creative voice has manifested itself in such varied endeavors as mural painting, professional...
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