Ellen Silverman is one of our 24 Best Travel Photographers. We adore her gorgeous food shots, but still life is not her only forté. She also deftly captures the spontaneity of everyday life (in photo and video) on the streets, at the markets, and in private homes.
Tell us a little about yourself.
I am a freelance photographer based in NYC. Most of my assignment work is food-related. Recently, I finished working on an MFA from The School of Visual Arts with a focus on video. My video, My Roots Lie Here has been included in two recent and one upcoming festivals. When I'm not on assignment, I shoot whatever catches my eye. My fascination with how people live in their homes and display their possessions and my love of markets are generally what I am drawn to. I am always looking for the naturally occurring still-life moment.
How would you describe your photography style?
I have a very formal eye for composition. When I'm on location, I try to be as spontaneous as possible, to push myself to break out of the more composed mindset of a studio photographer.
What do you love about photography on the road?
What I love most about being on the road is having the time to wander, explore, meet people, and see which unexpected images pass in front of my lens.
Where are you headed next?
This summer I am headed to Apchat France to the One Country One Film Festival where my film will be shown. From there I will head to Orvieto in Italy to photograph Locanda Rosati, a fabulous agriturismo, and from there up to the Dolomites to hike with family and friends. I hope to spend a week in Paris later in the year; I'll spend a few weeks back in Havana, Cuba, to lead a workshop before traveling across the island with two fellow photographers. Early next year there is a plan afoot to go to India.
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