The last time we were in touch with Eliza, the year was 2008, she was a budding new face in fashion and we were a yet-to-be-launched magazine. Fast forward a few years, and she’s now based in Los Angeles, carving out a name for herself as a photographer with somewhat of an inclination towards the raw-and-uncut. Here, she talks to us about matching fiction to reality, contrasts and how a momentary break-up continues to shape her work today.
What were your original ideas and intentions at the start of working on this new series?
I wanted to capture a ‘raw’ / ‘untouched’ version of LA.
What would you say was its starting point?
The real starting point must be a year ago.That’s when I started to take pictures and observe street scenes. I was living alone in LA at that time. I didn’t drive yet, so I’d spend my days on the bus. Looking outside the window all day, observing the city from my bus seat, I started to secretly picture moments I saw while I was driving by.
Is there something very specific you’re hoping the series will express?
I think there’s a lot of images, constructed realities, and dreamy preconceptions about LA that are not matching reality. If anything, I tried to share a different (more real?) face of LA.
Can you talk us about your approach in general?
I tend to picture scenes that carry something sad, empty or lonely, yet funny or ironic. Contrast in emotions is an interesting subject to me.
How would you say this series fits in with your wider body of work?
I haven’t got a big body of work yet. But if I look at what I did the past year, everything embodies somehow this general approach I described just above. Also, the tendency to spy through reflections is very present in this series as it is in the rest of my work.
Can you talk to us about how you see your own work? How would you describe it?
My work is very impulsive and from the heart. I see a lot of melancholy in it. Although I think that’s maybe just the way it speaks to me, and not necessarily what is communicated through it.
What is your preferred medium for exhibiting your work? Book? Solo show? Group exhibition?
I like books. I actually just got my first zine printed two days ago!
Who would you say was instrumental in shaping your work?
The absence of my boyfriend. Or rather the moment of separation we had last year. That’s when I started to take pictures. The mood I was in back then is still a basis of capturing images and putting them together. The sad, empty feeling stays very present. So maybe it is rather a period in my life than a person that is shaping the work.elizasys.com