Suzanne Elise originates from Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. She is currently enrolled at The University of South Carolina and earning a BFA in Studio Art with a concentration in Photography. Her interest in fine art photography extends into contemporary and documentary photography. Suzanne aspires to aid others and the environment through her image making.
Following the death of my paternal grandmother, I was struck with the realization that all I had left were memories and stories passed down from my father and his sisters. Feeling a lack of tangible, personal memories with my aging relatives, I began to devote more time to making deeper connections with my maternal grandmother and five great aunts. All six women are between the ages of 82 and 94, are widowed, and live in relative isolation due to their personal losses and progressive health issues.
While photographing and spending time with these women over the past several months, I learned about the importance of independence and handling loss. Over the past few years, mourning has been a stage of their lives but it has not affected their demeanor. Facing challenges such as the Great Depression and WWII produced strong, independent spirits. An unshakeable, steadfast faith is at the core of their being and serves them well in this challenging time in their lives.
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