Elizabeth Foster is not only a photographer, but also a poet, and this is apparent in his work. There is something so raw about each of the images that Foster captures. Atwood has worked with him many times and we always look forward to the final product. He takes risks, he’s brave, and that’s why we love him.
Tell us about yourself.
I’m a 21 year old photographer and poet currently living in Brooklyn, NY. I shoot almost exclusively on film. Although, I play around a lot with iPhone photography whenever I don’t have my camera on me. I have seen a lot of people giving others slack for that, but I think it’s great for capturing moments when I’m just walking around the city.
At what moment in your life did you decide to become a photographer?
I don’t think I ever really had an epiphany or anything like that. I have been shooting film since I was in middle school. I really enjoyed how I could create images that I could share with other people taken from my own perspective. When I moved to New York City summer 2012 I become more focused on my goal of being published. For a while I was too afraid to submit to magazines because I was certain I would be rejected. I think moving here gave me the push I needed to realize that putting myself out there is always worth it even when I don’t get the response I was hoping for.
What’s the most powerful photograph you’ve seen? What makes it so powerful?
I recently saw a series shot by a trans* couple Rhys Ernst and Zackary Drucker documenting their transitions. It was beautiful. I actually cried when I saw the photographs. As someone who is struggling with my own issues with gender identity it really touched me on a personal level. It made me feel like even though what I am going through is painful at times I am by no means alone. It just felt so important.
What’s something people would never expect about you?
I suppose that I’m trans. I identify as a boy. I present as very femme at times and a lot of people seem to have a hard time processing the concept that someone’s outer appearance doesn’t determine their gender identity.
View more of his work here.
Model: Julia Cumming//Photographer: Elizabeth Foster