Elizabeth Fleming’s wonderful series, Life is a Series of Small Moments, reminds me of work by great story tellers where inconsequential events layer to make a rich tapestry of a life lived. And it’s Elizabeth’s inconsequential moments that combine to create a real life, not a life photographed only on holidays, but a life of splendid forgettable moments that all add up to the feast of the ordinary.
Elizabeth was born in Philadelphia, received her BFA from Washington University in St. Louis, and completed her MFA in photography from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. After seven years in Brooklyn she relocated to Maplewood, NJ where she lives with her husband and two daughters.
As a photographer I strive to find the poignant in the commonplace, particularly within the domestic realm and the sites I venture to with my family. The ongoing related bodies of work “Life is a series of small moments” and “Visiting” touch on this notion of instilling ordinary settings with an air of cinematic allegory and a sense of the unknown. During routine situations (while taking care of my two daughters at home, or as we attempt to break the mold by going to a museum or theme park) there is always that instant when something stands out and demands documentation. I look for those synchronistic moments where I discover the narrative thread contained in a single image, capturing chance circumstances as I seek to raise the quotidian to a thing of wonder.
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