The story started with a craigslist advertisement. The story ends with a true collaboration on the project. This resulted in a narrative of a truncated relationship based on social norms that both Zach Webber (the creator of the concept) and myself (the photographer) don’t necessarily fit into in our own minds. We wanted to try living this life in a way that is not making fun of those who choose this path, but rather to try it on for size so to speak. There were many unexpected emotional layers that surfaced for both of us during the project, mainly resulting from unexpected real reactions in fictional situations. Mostly we are proud of how convincing this project was for us as well as the people we encountered along the way. We didn’t know what to expect going into the project and the outcome was the result of this organic collaboration we found developing a real working relationship within the boundaries of a fictional relationship. Please read more details here: http://sevendayrelationship.blogspot.com/
Ellie Brown is a native of Boston, MA where she attended Massachusetts College of Art. She received her B.F.A. in photography in 1997 and her M.F.A. in Photography from San Jose State University in 2002. Ellie has received numerous awards including: a 2008 Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant, a Leeway Foundation grant, first prize from the Fraser Gallery's International photo competition, a featured artist from women in photography international, the Calumet Award from the Print Center’s 2006 and 2008 International Photography Competition. In addition, Ellie has attended artist in residencies at the Santa Fe Art Institute in 2006, Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, FL with acclaimed photographer Graciela Iturbide in 2002 a 2007 residency in Costa Rica at the David and Julia White Artist Colony. Both her bookwork and photographs are exhibited extensively nationally and internationally. Ellie taught design in South Korea in 2008 at the University of Ulsan.