Elise Walking Away

These images are from a continuing project of travels with my wife, Sharon Elise Dunn

About This Project: These are photographs of my wife, Sharon Elise Dunn.

Elise Walking Away is a project that conveys the stamp a person leaves on a setting, however fleeting, and invites the viewer to become that person. The woman in the pictures is an icon, a person in a moment, experiencing the world slowly and more fully than is often common in our fast-paced world. Always dressed in similar clothes, Elise is an explorer, a representative, not any specific woman. By photographing her in environments that often seem incongruous to her attire, I am highlighting her character’s desire to implant herself through her mere presence in locations that are separated by their geography, architecture, and function. She might be in the desert or on a gritty city street—the setting becomes a part of her, and she a part of it. Elise is always dressed in black, her attire varies with weather and mood, and she is always shot from the side or rear, a figure connected with a place, any place. Is she passing judgment, or just passing through? Asking questions or unconcerned about answers? Never showing her face allows me to draw the viewer into the photograph: enter through Elise and see differently. Go into the picture with her or instead of her: what do you see?