Nicole Schwartz is a female photographer from the Pine Barrens of New Jersey. She was first taught photography at the age of six by her late grandfather. After her grandfather’s death in 2007, her hobby became her passion and it prompted Nicole to continue her education in Photography. In 2014, she graduated from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA with a Bachelor of Science in Photography and minors in art history and entrepreneurship with honors. Nicole is currently a MFA photography candidate at the Rhode Island School of Design where she received the T.C. Colley Award for Photographic Excellence. Today we take a look at Nicole’s series titled, Four Eggs and a Hummingbird.
Four Eggs and a Hummingbird
All my life, I have known only one home. I grew, matured, and was loved in this place. Sharing the same space with my mother, father, and brother for all stages of life created an unquestionably strong enduring bond. Now, through frequent cycles of return, the idea of home is cast into relief as both precious and unfamiliar. I find myself constantly struck by feeling in-between. As I confront issues of dislocation, stasis, and change, questions arise about family representation and the roles we play in a close unit.
Using the dense forested Pine Barrens of New Jersey as my backdrop, I mirror feelings of isolation in relation to the confinement of the home space. Through the imagery, I delve into my family histories and fragment these recollections to create a fantasy that becomes an obscured variation of my own truth as well as preservation of my memories.
To view more of Nicole’s work please visit her website.