As a native of South Florida, the Everglades is an ecosystem that has shaped my own history. Inspired by the early photographers of the American west, I have documented the flora and fauna of the Everglades using my large format 8"x10" camera and the wet collodion process, a nineteenth century process requiring the image be exposed and developed on site. The process is achieved by using the back of my truck as a portable darkroom. The collodion process renders light slowly and reveals the passing of time, a quality which is essential to my work.
The Everglades are the only ecological system of its kind. To date, more than half of the Everglades has been repurposed for urban and agricultural use. I hope to preserve an essence of the Everglades, a land we are rapidly losing without knowing the magnitude of our loss.
Lisa Elmaleh is a large format photographer whose current work is an exploration of the landscape of the Everglades. As a native of South Florida, the Everglades were an essential part of her personal history. Using a portable darkroom in the back of her truck, Elmaleh photographs using the nineteenth century wet collodion process. Elmaleh is a recipient of the Aaron Siskind IPF Grant (2011), the Everglades National Park Artist Residency (2010), the Camera Club of New York Darkroom Residency (2008), and the Tierney Fellowship (2007). Elmaleh's work has been published in Harper’s Magazine, and Dear Dave, Magazine among others. Her work has been exhibited internationally, including solo shows: Musicians, (2011, Nashville Airport), Everglades (2010, KMR Arts Gallery, Connecticut), and various group shows including Arbor (2009, Michael Mazzeo Gallery, New York), and the New York Photo Festival (2009 and 2007, Powerhouse, New York, US).