In July 2008, Sarah was winner of the Droitwich Specsavers Opticians’ Life through a Lens photography contest.
Her past role as a Burton Mail reporter at the newspaper group’s Uttoxeter office involved taking photographs for use in its paper, as did her freelance work for the group’s Ashbourne paper.
Nina Lewis’s V. Press poetry pamphlet Fragile Houses features a cover photo and 6-image photographic sequence ‘Fragile’, directly created by Sarah in response to these poems.
Her spectrogram art (created from lines of poetry) was displayed on Worcestershire buses along with her poems as part of a Worcestershire Arts Partnership/CBS Outdoors/First Capital Connect commission in 2013 and one of her spectrogram art pieces was used for the front cover of Mark Goodwin’s Clause in a Noise pamphlet from Knives, Forks and Spoons, 2013.
More information about Sarah’s 2012 exhibition ‘An Eyeful of Words, combining photography, poetry and art can be found here, her photo-poem inspirations here, her arts journal publications here and links to some poetryfilm here.
In 2016, Sarah gained a Graphic Design Specialization with CalArts (California Institute of the Arts).
Here are some other examples of her photography, followed by an artist statement.
For copies of any of the photographs of these pages or to commission new photographic artwork, please email Sarah on lifeislikeacherrytreeATyahooDOTcom.
A further selection of Sarah’s work can be found here.
Inspiration comes to me from many slants. When I work visually, the camera is my third eye. It allows me to see and represent things from different and unusual perspectives.
Being a writer as well as a photographer, I tend to treat my pictures as poetry in photos or poetry without words, though words may lie beneath the surface in the form of ideas and questions to be explored.
Sometimes my role behind the lens is one of simply being in the moment, responding to the visual and reality as it is, when looked at from a freshly discovered viewpoint.
But I am also intrigued by the interaction between reality and imagination, women’s roles, what lies hidden behind the everyday obvious and routine. These photographs are the ones of manipulated realities – through merging/layering photos, applying distortion techniques, creating fragmented collages or shooting pictures with deliberately staged incongruities.
For the viewer, I hope my work provokes questions and thoughts at an intellectual level, and varying aesthetic and emotional responses, including a sense of awe/beauty and feeling moved/troubled/elated.
Fundamentals of Graphic Design by California Institute of the Arts certificate earned May 2016;
Introduction to Typography by California Institute of the Arts certificate earned May 2016;
Introduction to Image-making by California Institute of the Arts certificate earned May 2016;
Ideas from the History of Graphic Design by California Institute of the Arts certificate earned June 2016;
Brand New Brand (brand development guide) by California Institute of the Arts certificate earned Sept 2016;
Graphic Design Specialization (California Institute of the Arts) earned Sept 2016.