Occasionally, work jumps up from the roots, basking in new light as if imitating a plant feeling air for the first time. And these are perhaps biased words, for if you have interacted with the photographer you choose to understand, that process becomes a lot more wholesome and meaningful as a reading. With an understated take to any thing around her, Sara manages to carve magic from every inch of the world that she comes across, taken with a gentle picking, and the occasional borrow. The role of the person behind the camera has emerged as an underlying theme as the role of the photographer is a strange one, as we all know. But following the linear approaches to narrative making, Sara creates against the norm in how her narratives should form. They are never known even in the editing process, and then merely sit temporarily in positions nudging shoulders with a new picture every time. The notion of photographs making friends is not far from the feeling that is imagined and placed on our laps when we view the photographs. Their comfort, realistic colour pallet sends us into a magical world only made possible by divine inspiration. It is a happy life and positive attitude toward each day we complete. It is through this approach that the project is like a song, a gentle but garage-like band that practice in the garage, making us inevitably drawn to its visual prowess and intention.
The series itself, ‘Familal Landscapes’ tells loose tales of familiar characters. Although never formally introduced their roles in the photographer’s life is instantly recognizable. The act of walking through South Yorkshire creates moments that act as perfect memories, not reflecting the actual performances carried out there. They are imagined moments from normal scenes, all be it, beautiful sceneries. Yet they are not following traditional beauty, as we are invited in the quizzical mind controlling the camera. Borrowing her image for multi-layered suggestions their imperfect nature, make it the most perfect work I’ve ever seen.
The archive providing evidence of influenced lifestyles, not by the popular figures, but familiar ties. A picture that appears to be from today blends into the past as a cat fly’s between a rug and the mother’s face, staying so still it is almost silent. As the present day father lies in the midst of natural bed sheets, creating disjointed time machines from the present until now. Such a strong connection between the photographs and the subjects, you can see they are memories, memories that help visualise the building of unbreakable bonds, as the shadow of the partner looks at the awe of the person behind the genius. For these relationships are why we are here and their qualities only mirror the vastness of her imagination.
It is refreshing to not have to cling to aesthetic qualities for inspiration as they speak for themselves, but it is their feeling that takes them far beyond what aesthetics can achieve. They are drenched in a beautiful stillness yet they are familiar. We feel ever closer to people we don’t know, but how this has happened is the biggest mystery of all. For what separates the work from others is the gentle intention revealing stillness in the most familiar way.