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Ellen Warfield  New York, NY

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About Ellen

Most of us spend most of our lives with strangers because of our jobs, not with family and friends. Productivity is measured and streamlined with a never ending upgrade of technology to make our work easier, but none of this has managed to lessen the amount of time we spend at work. In fact we work more now, not less. The office is everywhere, all the time. This project is about portraits of people in their everyday lives, which to me means while they are working. How people make a living takes many different forms today. I want to explore what the current working landscape is and what it will become.

I graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1999. I was born and raised in New York City, where I live and work today.

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"i dislike both of these, for none evoke emotion at all for me... but the first one has nice lighting. lol"

"ellen, i realize this is a tiny slice of your work, however, have you considered examining industrial workplace landscapes? you may find them another source for exploration. :)"

"enjoyed the colors and the emotion. thanks."

"Ellen!! What a surprise to see your name and photos come up on my igoogle artistaday window. Nice work. I've always liked your documentary style. Keep it up and see you in the future.Matt B"

"Fantastic, particularly the girl and the teacher. It bring back memories of long-ago elementary school for me. Perhaps it is the amazing lighting or the controlled chaos of the surroundings - or a bit of both.Anyhow, great shots. I'll have to look at more of your work."

"Interesting. You do capture something here. I enjoyed looking at your site.I do think that if you are to "explore what the current working landscape is," you'll need to go beyond these sort of creative, artsy jobs worked by attractive, hip people. There are some exceptions here, but in terms of the overall feeling. I think that would both strengthen the impact of the project and make it less monotonous. But this is a good start."

"Your works seem to have which story."

"I loved the idea and the pictures. It is very creative and well executed. I wish I could see more contrast such as a Director or a CEO vs a street sweeper. A barista at Starbucks vs a Maitre D' in a 5 start hotel; or a Maitre D' vs a dishwasher at the same restaurants.Your pictures are very humane. Overall, great job!"

"Berenice Abbott, Diane Arbus, Nan Goldin, Gertrude Käsebier, Dorothea Lange, Tina Modotti, Ruth Orkin, Cindy Sherman, Hannah Wilke, and Carrie Mae Weems"

"Felt nothing with these photos"

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