Ellen Warfield has spent her whole life in and around New York City - other than a 4 year time-out to attend the Rhode Island School of Design. "I love the city still even spending most of my life here. And I absolutely love to travel and hope my work will start to take me on lots of trips in the near future." That work includes shoots for The Wall Street Journal, One Kings Lane, The Brooklyn Museum, J Crew, Resource magazine.
Most recently she photographed backstage at Fashion Week in New York for Sundance Channel/Full Frontal Fashion. "That was such a fun project because I got to show a different version of the spectacle than simply what you see on the catwalk. It was more about what goes on to make it all happen. This is one of my favorite parts of photography; being given a window onto others peoples lives. " And now we've been given a little window into Ellen's life with her top 10 favorite pieces of technology...some you'll expect, while others? Not so much!
1. KitchenAid hand blender: This makes me feel like I really know what I'm doing in the kitchen.
2. Sinar F2 view camera: I love this camera. I have lugged it on planes and trains, set it up on the edge of marble quarries, through the woods of New Hampshire, to weddings and parties and all over the United States. I feel we still have many miles to go together.
3. Marantz Stereophonic Receiver: I would be willing to bet this guy is older than I am. I bought it off Craigslist about 5 years ago and it works perfectly. I have my computer hooked up to it with vintage Bose speakers, so I can hear those email alerts really well from anywhere in the house. Oh, and records.
4. Moulinex: Or Mouli for short. This is a common item in France; it was hard to find here, but this thing is amazing. There are several different wheels it comes with so you can slice or julienne. I love to cook, especially for big ol' dinner parties.
5. Iphone: I still have the 3G, I am waiting for the 5 now. This phone is a great tool and fun to use. I love the bluetooth connectivity in my car.
6. Minolta Vf light meter: This light meter was a gift about 6 years ago and it looks and acts perfectly today. I imagine I will have this my whole life.
7. iHome USB speakers: These little guys pack quite a punch! They fold up into themselves and stick together magnetically in an elegant little pouch. I had them with me for 2 months in Europe and they made the trip much better! I really like to have music when I am working on the computer.
8. Epson V700 Photo scanner: I did some research before buying this a few years ago and this is a great scanner for the price. I can scan documents but most importantly it does 4x5 film, even comes with holders for it, as well as smaller films. This saves me a lot of time and money in the darkroom.
9. Hasselblad: What can you say about a Hasselblad? Except that it is a wonderful camera and tool and made me a better photographer. I can't remember the exact time I purchased this, but I remember the feeling of first taking it out to photograph. It made me take myself more seriously and consequently made me a better photographer. Honoring yourself and your work enough to have the right tools is a big part of a creative career.
10. Nailclippers: I use these everyday, often carry them with me. It's the kind of thing you don't think about because they are so well designed, like they always existed.
Photos by Ellen Warfield.