About

Ellen was born in Pennsylvania but moved to northern California at a very young age.  While she considers San Francisco her true home, she has moved between the US and Europe several times.  Most recently, after spending eight years in Zürich, she and her family now live in a small town thirty minutes north of New York City.

 

About Ellen

Ellen was born in Pennsylvania but moved to northern California at a very young age.  While she considers San Francisco her true home, she has moved between the US and Europe several times.  Most recently, after spending five years in New York, she and her family are again living in Zürich, Switzerland.

Artist Statement

Fine art photography—art in any medium—does not bear the responsibility of showing the viewer exactly what is.  Instead, it celebrates an interpretation, an emotion, a story, a dream.  If successful, it presents to the viewer a new way of seeing and of imagining what might have been, what could be, what ought never be.  Though varied in subject matter over the years, my work continues to explore humble yet universal moments that require my attention for fear that they may be lost to distractions of greater (or lesser) import.

I continue to work with film and traditional tools in a wet darkroom.  The time required of traditional photography allows me to slow down and appreciate the unfolding of the medium.  Though I cannot predict the future, at the moment I don't feel complete at the end of a printing day if I haven't cursed the fact that I still need to clean chemical trays before I close the door to my darkroom for the night.  When traditional photographic tools are no longer available, I may learn to paint.