Elena Montemurro is a 22 year old Professional Photographer who graduated with a BFA in Photography in New York City at Parsons The New School for Design. Living in Brooklyn, and Originally from Long Island New York, Elena is interested in vibrant colors, staged photography, femininity, and portraits of people. All of her photography is taken with a 35 MM camera, she exclusively shoots with film.
Coming of Age
Coming of Age is a series of staged photographs depicting my fantastical memories of life growing up in American suburbs. Each photograph is characterized by a model who portrays one of the many stereotypes I have encountered while navigating youth in a small town. Inspired by films and television shows that depict the “coming of age” theme, I combine my personal experience and observation to create a fantasy world relaying moments that most are familiar with. Whether conveying the feel you don’t belong, depicting a character having a mental breakdown, or illustrating one who is the most popular girl in school, my photographs make tangible the phenomenon of growing up. Using color film and a thirty five millimeter camera, I create a dreamy, nostalgic mood that reveals the environment a young, anxious teenager resides in. Selective colors reflect my love for dramatic moments, as well as the film stills by which these photographs are inspired. These photographs not only reveal a great deal about myself, but also the quirky and heartbreaking moments one goes through in coming of age.
For more information about Elena and her work please visit her website.