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HOW THE YOUNG RETURN (2016-2022)


I remember sitting on dry wall floors, dust covered tennis shoes, asking, goddamn what’s next? I need more than amber hues, more than honey to dip my wrists into. I’ve had more than enough taste of those who stay in bed the morning after, sheep left to wander.

A side chapter of Beckon Us From Home, this project follows the life of Elizabeth Nelson from the beginning of her enlistment in the U.S Army at 17-years old, until her process of getting out, five years later, due to injuries sustained in training. 


With the support of the Alexia Foundation, the CatchLight Fellowship, and the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund. As part of a larger project (Beckon Us From Home), How the Young Return was exhibited at Anastasia Gallery (2018) and MANA Contemporary Gallery (2019), as well as part of group exhibitions at Photoville Festival, LUMIX Festival for Young Photojournalism, SF Camerawork, and Pingyao International Photography Festival in China.
Texts and Reviews:
Stephen Frailey, Interview in Dear Dave Magazine, 2020
Laurence Butet-Roch, Magenta Foundation, 2019
James Estrin, New York Times LENS, 2018
Libby Peterson, Artsy, 2018
TOPIC Magazine, 2018
Rebecca Onion, Virginia Quarterly Review, 2018