LOVE IS AN ACTION WORD: THE BROKEN WHEEL RANCH
An ongoing documentary project that highlights veterans through the lens of equine therapy. My work explores the ways in which we can reframe our collective perspective on mental health and showcases a woman-run community that honors vulnerability, compassion, and healing.
SAM’S BBQ: CHANGING WITH THE TIMES
When Brian Mays, the owner of Sam’s BBQ in East Austin, is offered millions of dollars for his property he is faced with a difficult choice. Should he take the money and leave, or stay for his community? A short documentary Liz co-directed and co-edited with filmmaker Riley Engemoen. The documentary was Judge’s Choice Winner of the 2019 SXSW Faces of Austin Premiere.
CREATING OPPORTUNITIES TO END POVERTY
Portraits taken for a nonprofit client in Northern California that for 50+ years has provided a helping hand to those struggling most in their communities. Through affordable housing, job training and employment, disability services, and drug treatment and recovery, California Human Development has helped tens of thousands of individuals and families rise above barriers in pursuit of better lives.
SUPPORTING HOMELESS YOUTH
Youth Count Texas! is an initiative led by the nonprofit Texas Network of Youth Services (TNOYS) to help Texas better understand and serve homeless youth. Liz traveled statewide to photograph, film, and interview individuals in conjunction with the first ever count of youth who are homeless or experiencing housing instability in Texas. The photo and video deliverables were used alongside data collected from the count to make policy recommendations to the Legislature that support this vulnerable population.
BRIDGING THE CULTURAL DIVIDE IN AMERICA
The Promiseland Project is a long-term marketing and grassroots campaign created to bridge the politically driven cultural divide in America. The initiative aims to create opportunities for people to walk in each other’s shoes and spark empathy between individuals and communities. To bring this tenet to life and put boots on the ground, the Promiseland Project will be traveling to cities, big and small, across the country to host conversations on a traveling front porch.
The first location was selected when a dart was thrown by Matthew McConaughey at SXSW, which landed on Watford City, North Dakota. As the project photographer, I documented the various events, locations, and people during the 5-day trip. Selects included here.
CHURCHES OF EAST AUSTIN
An ongoing social documentary project about churches in East Austin and the changing physical and cultural landscapes surrounding them. The project was awarded a grant by the Dallas Museum of Art and some of the images are now a part of the Wittliff Collections at Texas State University. The Austin American-Statesman published a full spread feature on the project and the nonprofits SixSquare and Preservation Austin funded a solo exhibit of selected images.
VOICES FOR MENTAL HEALTH RECOVERY
A short video commissioned by the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health. The video highlights peer specialists from Austin State Hospital who perform their personal experiences with trauma to aid in the healing process for themselves and others.