Liz Morrison is a native New Yorker. She appreciates the “old school days” of her childhood, but also embraces new technologies. Liz speaks fondly of growing up in the 80’s when “we played outside until the street lights came on, chewed large amounts of grape bubble gum, and danced on the lawn to some neighborhood kid’s boom box blasting a poorly recorded mix tape from the radio….but we were ever so happy.” When she takes photographs she sees them as feelings and thoughts captured in the lens. Two of her favorite photographers, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Man Ray, provide an endless source of direction and inspiration.
At the age of 7, her grandfather handed her a Polaroid camera and what seemed to her at that time, an endless supply of film. Liz photographed everything and anything. She eventually graduated to “my very own” camera at 13 (thanks to her parents) and began shooting and developing her own film. She continued to photograph all throughout high school. In college, Liz majored in Education with a concentration in Art. She later received a Master’s Degree in Education and, in 2009 her PhD in Holistic Nutrition. In the 2000’s she decided to shoot digitally, dedicating more time and focus to photography. “I’m usually not happy unless I’m making something.” Canon and Photoshop CS5 are her products of choice. Liz has been busy shooting new things and preparing for future shows.
These photos were taken from 2002-present. They are reflective of life lived through real stories , real faces, real places, real experiences… genuine like a hopscotch board drawn in chalk on the sidewalk with sticky Kool-Aid hands.
“Social media and technology provide great opportunities to connect with people and thus can help keep us connected. However, the feeling of disconnect comes when we forget what real is--- Maybe these photos will inspire you to think or feel about something that is real to you… I hope you enjoy viewing them as much as I enjoyed taking them.” XO Liz