The five photographs submitted here are from a series of 23 photographs titled The Alba Series. This body of work was created between the years 2008 and 2010, during a prolonged stay in Edinburgh, Scotland, U.K. In December 2008, I moved from the United States to Edinburgh, Scotland, to accompany my husband while he worked towards his MFA. This was the first time I had ever left the USA. The work I produced during this two-year stay is a reflection of my experiences and psychological reactions to this new environment. Combining portraiture, still life and landscape works, this series is heavily influenced by the incredibly rich historical presence in Scotland. Taking cues from the traditions of Old Master paintings, I photographed the people, places and objects of daily life in a way that both reflected my personal day-to-day experience of living in Edinburgh, and my fascination with the differences I found between Scottish culture and my American culture.
Laura Bell received a BFA in photography from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2008. She has exhibited her work throughout the United States and internationally. She has received numerous awards for her work, including the Agnes Gund Traveling Scholarship, which helped fund her most recent photographic project in Scotland.