Elizabeth Bick — Recent Works
Posted on July 15, 2012
Elizabeth Bick describes the methods she uses in creating her varied and stunning portrait photography.
Photos 1–3, ” Beatification ”
The photographs are of women who have lived in East Williamsburg and Bushwick for the last 30 years or more, pre-gentrification. All images are taken on Grand Street, the same street I live. We walk up and down this street commercial street daily together. They were all stopped briefly and asked to look up at the sun, and close their eyes if they’d like.
Photos 4–5, “Double Walkers”
I was raised, taught, and predimonantly surrounded by women for the the first 18 years of my life. I spent my childhood and teenage years training as a classical ballerina. We were taught about gesture, drama, and a look of homogeneity. Now in my photographic life, I am always searching for women who look like other women found through chance encounters. I have since beginning the ongoing project, found identical twins sisters, women who look like me who are also named Elizabeth, and people who look like other people I know.
Photos 6–9, “Casting Call”
I am currently conducting casting calls in New York City to aspiring actresses who would like to play the lead in my next body of work. I am following the strict structure of a typical New York casting call. All actors all photographed front, side, and back. Then they are asked to perform a monologue. If they are considered as a possible lead, they are then asked to meet me on the corner of a street in New York and perform as a pedestrian unaware that they are being photographed.