Emerge Spotlight: Elizabeth Burbeary

Photo by Elizabeth Burbeary
Photo by Elizabeth Burbeary

NTU’s 20th annual photo festival Emerge kicks off on May 23rd, and Platform’s Photo Editor Callum Baigrie is following the build up to what is turning out to be one of the biggest and best shows yet. Read more about the festival here.

On the run up to the festival, Platform are speaking to some of the photographers exhibiting. We’ll be finding out who is inspiring them, what their projects are about, and what they plan to do after the festival closes. Elizabeth used photography as a form of therapy.

Photo by Elizabeth Burbeary
Photo by Elizabeth Burbeary

What is your degree show project about?

My degree show project is about exploring photography as therapy in relation to my Dad moving to Cyprus last year. I’ve used photography to capture places I spent as a child with my dad and the objects that still remain that remind me of him everyday. The places look empty which gives the sense of abandonment which is how I felt for a few months after the move, and now I’ve visited him in his new home and met his friends I have really come to terms with the change.

Which photographers/artists are inspiring this body of work?

I have researched Lydia Goldblatt

What do you plan on doing after you graduate?

At the moment I’m staying at my job within the catering/events sector and saving money. I will continue to shoot on the side and have a couple of weddings lined up this year.

Photo by Elizabeth Burbeary
Photo by Elizabeth Burbeary

Elizabeth will be exhibiting at Bohunk Institute. Check out more of Elizabeth’s work on the Emerge website here.