Thursday, October 30, 2008

Open Lens


These are just some of the photographs that caught my eye yesterday. They are by American photographer Sarah Small. She caught the photography bug at the age of 13 and regularly used her younger sister Rachel as a subject. Armed with a Pentax K1000 she spent many of her teenage years walking around her hometown Washington D.C capturing images.




She graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2001 and has gone on to create some stunning photos. She has been the recipient of numerous awards such as Art and Commerce’s Emerging Photographer and American Photography 24; and her work has featured in Life Magazine, Rolling Stone, and The New York Times. Her photos have a wonderful quirky quality and i really like how real people (complete with scars, stretch marks and wrinkles) feature in her work. It feels as if there's an interaction between the subjects and the viewer, rather than a model posing and the viewer gazing.





She states "I create bold images of disquieting subject matter packaged in candy-coated color, nervy compositions, and close croppings. I photograph the rawest emotional underbelly of scenes that I both find and fabricate. My subjects are often found on the fringes- bodybuilders, twins, prostitutes, aliens; or, they are found in the every-day - mom, dad cousin, co-worker, but I transform them all in a way that renders them iconoclastic, theatrical, and intentionally confrontational. I photograph force, chaos, and intimacy.
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For more of her work and further information click here

10 comments:

cleo said...

Love the photographs although in the first one the little girl looks terrified.

Green Of Eye, Sharp Of Claw said...

@Cleo: Hi!Thanks for stopping by and commenting.hehe yeah the kid looks a little freaked out in that first one!

Anneelicious said...

Oh wow, I love that style of photography. From afar the colours look like the image should be really pretty (if that's the right word...) until you see the subject matter.

Also welcome back missy, hope you enjoyed your travels :D

Lottie said...

And the first girl looks like she could do with a meal.

Andrew said...

First picture made me a little uneasy (though that may well be the point)but I really loved the rest.

Green Of Eye, Sharp Of Claw said...

@Anneelicious: I love art and photography that lures you in with bright colours and as you look closer at it,realise that it has a sinister or quirky edge to it!


@Lottie: LOL.Pie!


@Andrew:Everyone seems to be creeped out by Crow girl!

Anonymous said...

i THOUGHT i COMMENTED ON THIS yesterday! I think the pics are awesome, the one with the upside nakedness is weird though!

Green Of Eye, Sharp Of Claw said...

@RP: Hehe those pesky interweb goblins must have stolen your words :)

Allan Cavanagh said...

Quite breathtaking. When's the big move by the way?

Green Of Eye, Sharp Of Claw said...

@Allan: Not long now.Flying out on December 12th :)

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