PhotoNOLA: Eliza Lamb
Returning to our hometowns, to our youth, to our childhood memories is an experience that is sometimes stained with a mixture of sadness, nostalgia, and recognition. Photographer Eliza Lamb returned home to explore a place that never resonated with her soul. Her series, Hopewell, is a therapeutic visual analysis of place, allowing for new insights and observations, and ultimately, an appreciation for a town that manages to tread water in today’s economy.
Eliza Lamb is a native of Richmond, Virginia. She is a graduate of both the Savannah College of Art and Design and Columbia University where she is currently pursuing her doctoral studies. Eliza is a photographer that believes in the art of finding the images that surround her. She uses a manual medium format film camera and shoots exclusively with found light. Her photographs have been featured in exhibitions and publications across the country and won numerous awards and accolades. She currently lives and works in New York City.
The event of going home is a complicated one. Although I moved to Hopewell as a child, it has never truly been a place that I could relate to or feel a part of. In fact my earliest intentions were to leave as soon as possible, and although I did just that, I cannot deny the soft spot in my heart that it still occupies or the pull back that still consumes me. The story I present here is less about a town and the people that live in it and more about my relationship to it – a marrying of both the frustrated teenager I was, and the sentimental adult that I am.