Art Spotlight: Elizabeth Albert

Art Spotlight: Elizabeth Albert

Family Vacation

See Elizabeth Albert’s work in WTP Vol. VI #6

Two photographs melded together of a family at a beach
Family Vacation by Elizabeth Albert

chromogenic print
12.25’’ x 18’’

I began photographing with the Holga camera shortly after my daughter was born. As a busy mom with a newborn and a two-year-old, it was especially challenging finding time to make art. What I could do, however, was plan to take at least one photograph a day. The moments I shot were not planned ahead of time—but a visual diary of my day-to-day life with young children—at the playground, town pool, and birthday parties.

Modifying the frame on the Holga camera to eliminate frame breaks allowed me to create overlapping images. Soon one image telling a story became two, which, when juxtaposed, tells a larger story of a specific time and place. Usually these moments would occur within seconds or minutes of each other. Overlapping images also mimic how these fleeting experiences morph into one another—reflecting how, with kids, one instance can change so rapidly to the next.”

Elizabeth Albert holds a BFA from the University of Michigan, an MFA in Photography from Maryland Institute College of Art, and a post-baccalaureate in teaching from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. In addition to being a practicing artist, she has taught photography at The Winsor School, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Rhode Island School of Design and Salem State College. She is originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan and currently lives in Belmont, Massachusetts.

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