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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