Under the Surface
Elliot Lovell (he/him) is a young photographer from Santa Cruz, CA, and currently resides in Flagstaff, AZ. He has been pursuing photography since 2018 and believes that photography can portray answers to questions like, "what is the self?" and wants his audience to come to a deeper understanding through his photographic works. His work has been showcased at Colorado Photographic Arts Center, Las Laguna Art Gallery, and Curated by the Sea Contemporary Art Gallery. Elliot's aesthetic can be summarized as going against the flow of photographic teachings, using long or double exposures to capture the beauty of people through unique portraits. Elliot aspires to continue his work photographing the individuals that shape mankind.
How does one come to terms with something that can not be seen or comprehended? That is a question that many people with disabilities have to ask themselves, for not all disabilities are clearly seen or well defined. Coming to terms with one's disability is one of the hardest challenges in life, it is not a single battle, but rather a war fought over the span of a lifetime, and for those who can not see or comprehend their own disability the challenge is even harder. How can you accept yourself, when you don’t even know all of yourself? It is this struggle that I try to address and make easier with these photographs, by combining portraits with medical scans of one’s disability I give them a chance to see themselves in a new light and to confront their disability directly. When one looks at these photographs I hope they can see more of themselves than they have ever seen before.