So, for the past two years, Elize has been traveling between Australia, South Africa and the USA on this documentary photography project- taking photos of small town girls , exploring their daily lives and routines. Now, I’m no small-town girl, Lagos can not be tagged ‘small’ in any way; but I’ve always been fascinated by the idea of knowing everyone living in your town and I think this is such a brave venture Elize has embarked on.
Elize is based in Sydney, Australia.
It’s been more than a decade since I was a teenager growing up in regional Australia and yet I still feel such a strong connection to that stage of life. Now a fully-fledged city dweller with a demanding job and all of the responsibilities that come with being a ‘grown-up’, I realise how unique those years between childhood and adulthood actually were: a home surrounded by space and silence, a mind alive with possibilities and emotions so completely raw. Small Town Girl is a visual journey of remembering and discovery. As I walk alongside teenagers in Australia (where I grew up), South Africa (where I was supposed to grow up) and the USA (where I wanted to grow up) my own memories of adolescence are both validated and challenged. I’m fascinated by ordinary young women living in out of the way places. I want to know who they are and share in their experiences and I want to capture them in an intimate and poetic way.