'Burn Down Something Pretty' is a photo series, captured by Rhode Island-based photographer Ellis Marksohn, that uses constructed moments of intimacy to depict the photographer's relationship with his parents. These photographs aim to accept the past while also questioning the meaning of the self.
The series presents a highly complicated form of reflection upon the photographer's own troubled adolescence, blending together portraits of his parents with various artifacts and objects that are intentionally separated from significance.
The title of photo series alludes to the photographer's tendency and desire to burn down something pretty before being able to create something new and beautiful. The series project a sense of healing and moving on past a difficult and complicated past.