Double Identity

PhotographerElisabeth Caren
PrizeHonorable Mention
Entry Description

Inspired by the Film Noir genre and the archetypical characters with rigidly defined and gender roles and sexual identity, orientation, and relationships, Double Identity examines realities of that were excluded from these films. The leading female character was limited to the femme fatale, who uses her sexual attractiveness and cunning to manipulate men as it’s her only option to gain power and independence, and the conventional devoted wife and mother, typically portrayed as dull. The leading men in Film Noir are either a "tough guy" who cannot show emotion or the socially alienated man who is usually thrust into a confusing situation where he is vulnerable, especially when encountering the femme fatale. In this imagined plot line, there is a double deception of each couple; the "other woman" and the "other man" are not who the audience assumes. Shot in the style of classic film stills.

About Photographer

Elisabeth Caren is a Los Angeles-based photographer specializing in celebrity portraiture, entertainment photography and fine-art photography. Her clients include People Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, Niche Media, Lionsgate Entertainment, MTV, NBC, and Atlantic Records. Her work has been featured in More Magazine, Esquire, Wired, New York Magazine, and InStyle. Caren connects with her audience through narrative portraiture. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre and Film from Boston University’s College of Fine Arts. She has worked with acclaimed filmmakers Barry Sonnenfeld, David Friendly and Kathryn Bigelow. Caren’s fine-art work has been featured on the MTV show Awkward and APA's Off The Clock exhibition, curated by Anne Lyden, WIP “First Nature” exhibit, and APA SD’s Film Noir exhibit at Context Gallery. Her photography received Honorable Mention recognition by the 2012 and 13 Honorable Mention acknowledgements in the 2013 International Photography Awards. Elisabeth Caren’s lifetime experience in theatre and film heavily influence her work, which has been described as classic and cinematic.