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Pinhole photography enables me to see the world in surprising ways. This art form has the ability to bend reality, to change things. The hope that an image will exceed my imagination is my driving force. Although I conjure up in my mind what I think an image will look like, more often than not, it turns out that it has taken on a life of its own.
My work revolves around the female form in various environments. These environments are usually not on a grand scale but captured in a more intimate setting. The spaces I seek to photograph may include structures that can be transformed by the pinhole evoking a sense of otherworldliness. I use props in much the same way and in collaboration with models we hope to bring forth new possibilities. These figures appear very alone as if they are trapped in their respective realities. Existing in their limbo like space the subjects seem to be unaware of the viewer. It is as if one has happened upon a scene, as if the curtain has been drawn back.
All of my series reflect my desire to capture the unusual.
Through the pinhole I have been led to a curious, eccentric, and somewhat strange world.
Elena Bouvier is a photographer, printmaker, mixed-media and book artist. She has exhibited her work both nationally and internationally, including participation in the 6th Biennial International Miniature Print, Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk, CT in 2007 and Philadelphia Artists’ Books at the Athenaeum of Philadelphia, PA and Scuola Internazionale Di Grafica, Venice, Italy in 2011. Her photographs have been featured online by The Photo Review, Hipstography and PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, VT. In 2017, Lucy Gallun chose Elena to receive an “honorable mention” for the Silver Eye Center’s Fellowship 18 Awards. In early 2018, Elena was chosen by juror Joyce Tennyson for the permanent online exhibition, ‘Celebrating Women’, at PhotoPlace Gallery. In 2018, Elena exhibited two photographs in the 77th Woodmere Annual, juried by Syd Carpenter. In September of 2018, Elena was voted by her artist peers at Imperfect Gallery to be the first recipient of “Linden’s Gift” created by the Guggenheim family in honor of their son Linden Jordan Eskenazi. Perkins Center for the Arts curator, Philip J. Carroll awarded Elena a place in their ‘Photo 38 Awards Exhibition’, a three-person curated exhibition in March 2020.
Ms. Bouvier earned an AST in photography from Antonelli Institute, a BFA in photography from Moore College of Art and Design and an MFA in Book Arts and Printmaking from the University of the Arts. Elena is a Fulbright Scholar, Full Fellowship recipient to Germany.
Elena’s photographs have been published in Down Beat, Jazz Times, The Philadelphia Daily News, Time magazine, Art 21 and Diffusion Annual. Bouvier’s books, prints, and photographs are held in the public collections of The Newark Public Library, University of Pennsylvania Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, Print and Picture Collection of the Free Library of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Center for the Book, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, Science History Institute and numerous private collections.