In this game of Photo Ping-Pong, Thomas captured pieces from Zign in a series of richly detailed images. From these, Ellie responded with characteristically emotive close-ups: drawing connections between the color and form of Thomas’ work, and the intricacies of her own. “My starting points were the formal elements in Thomas’ photographs,” Ellie explains. “What was interesting to observe is that I found myself having playfully signed a word in my mind for each of his images; one would be ‘embrace’, the other would be ‘arrow’, or ‘grace’, or ‘India’. After shooting mine, I tried to find how and where I could rediscover these essences.” This intuitive naming was absorbed into her responses: expressed in the abstracted images she presented as her return serves. Thomas, on seeing Ellie’s responses, noted of her style that, “the work she does on shadows and light is very subtle. Her photographs are abstract and composed with few elements but very rich visually.”
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