Elisabeth Ladwig is an award-winning photographic artist living in West Milford, New Jersey. Her work is the convergence of a graphic design career, photography, and collage art. A grade-school revelation connecting science, nature, and magic fuels her creations—the idea that all of life’s mysteries fall within the parameters of scientific explanation, that science abides by the Laws of Nature, and that all of it is magical. Today, she offers viewers a variety of metaphors for the miracles all around us, and for humankind's relationship with the Earth and with the Cosmos.
Once an idea is born in her sketchbook, Elisabeth sets out to take the photographs she needs to create the image. Her process is variable and spiritually instinctive; often, an image is well on its way or even completed before its concept is fully understood, and that meaning may vary from one viewing to the next. All of her scenes have a strong natural connection, set completely or partially outdoors, often with an anonymous subject. "Anonymity allows the viewer to take part in writing the story," she says, "and that story is going to be different for everyone."
Upon finishing her studies in Graphic and Digital Design at Parsons, her artistic career began in the music industry, where she designed for the likes of Patrick Stewart, Liza Minnelli, Barry Manilow, and for Broadway and major motion pictures. Her current photo artistry has been represented by galleries from Scottsdale to Rome and was chosen for Presenze, an international exhibition of Women in the Arts 2016. Notable publicity includes Spirituality & Health Magazine, Professional Artist magazine (cover), and Our Berkshire Times Magazine (cover), as well as digital displays in Times Square and at the Louvre.
It was age 11, I think. That’s about the age when I decided adults were wrong: magic does exist.
As I lay in the grass watching pre-tornado skies, I realized it was all around me, hidden behind the sciences of meteorology, botany, astronomy... the warmth of miracles suppressed by experiments and equations and proofs. It became clear that the beauty of science, nature, and magic was indeed one in the same, and it saddened me that the miraculous nature of it all had been dismissed so irresponsibly over time. Photo compositing allows me to create metaphorical reminders of the magic and miracles in an attempt to bring humanity back home to its roots: kin of the Earth. So, with a nod to Mother Nature and her fairytale existence, I work to seek out equal beauty in the storm as in the sunrise.