Photography Elisa Roman and the six-year difference

Elisa Roman and the six-year difference

Giorgia Massari

Six years is the age difference between my daughters,” photographer Elisa Roman (1976) tells us, who in her project Six years encapsulates with poetry, instants of everyday life, observing with a voyeuristic point of view the lives of her two daughters. “One is light and carefree, at the height of her childhood; the other at the delicate debut of adolescence, veiled with sadness and big questions.” continues Elisa, “Six years is a suspended time, somewhere between teddy bears and nail polish, poised between the curiosity to grow up fast and the desire to stay and play some more.

With a few steps back, Elisa Roman watches her daughters from afar and looks at the world through their eyes, at the same time evoking her past. Moments of the present meet with her memories, sometimes mingling, sometimes seeming so distant and different.
The passage of time is punctuated by Roman’s shots, documenting in some way the daughters’ journey of growth. Their transformation, their building an identity, side by side with each other. Elisa tells us how not all the shots convey carefreeness but rather, even the quarrels and moments of detachment are investigated. The photographs are mostly single-subject, explicitly showing the distance between the two phases of life despite the fact that at times they seem so similar instead, tending toward each other.

With curiosity, mixed with wonder and commotion, I watch them evolve in their continuous becoming and returning. Calm sea and storm.”
The growth of new teeth or a forgotten teddy bear in an armchair are just some of the elements that constantly remind Elisa how fast time is and how fleeting moments are. In this way, Six Years becomes “a kind of antidote against time slipping away.

Courtesy Elisa Roman
Elisa Roman is a student of Irene Ferris’s photography school, Arizona

Written by Giorgia Massari
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