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Sara Rawlinson

Sara Rawlinson

Born: 1980

Hometown: Cambridge

Based in: Cambridge, UK

Sara Rawlinson is a contemporary fine art photographer specialising in both abstract expressionism and historical architecture. She presently resides in Cambridge, UK.

Her abstract photographs evoke the essence of a subject without capturing the details – showing the sentiment of the place or the thing, rather than specific memories. Absorbing the essence of a single natural phenomena, the images come to life with zesty camera work and oversized printing. Ultimately, the elements of the original shape and design of the subject are retained, whilst immortalising an imaginative and ephemeral nature.

Photography has kept Sara’s soul on fire since she was six years old working in the field and in the darkroom with her Big Sister/Photography Mentor, Bette Globus Goodman. Despite these early artistic inclinations, Rawlinson first turned to academic science for her first career. However, too much energy was spent taking photos of her field sites and so when arthritis reared its ugly head preventing a sedentary job, the choice was clear.

Presently, Rawlinson has been a full time fine art photographer for over 10 years. While her subjects range from architectural to nature, most of her work focuses on movement and creating abstract expressionistic images with her camera.

Rawlinson has been shortlisted for multiple international awards and her works are held in private collections around the world. Her work has been described as:

- “Finally photography meets fine art!”

- “[Rawlinson’s book] must be the most handsome tribute ever paid to a single building. With its blend of words and diverse visual voices it is an Alleluia Chorus.”

- “Here, indeed, is beauty. Sara has the rare skill of drawing out the intimate, the special, the unique spirit of a place.”

- A woman was scooting along the bench looking at one of Rawlinson’s exhibitions. She was so engrossed that she literally slid right off the end of the bench (and very excitedly came to Rawlinson’s next exhibition).


3 works for sale

Windy Day, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk, England

Sara Rawlinson, United Kingdom

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$ 650

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Dawn, Aberdyfi Estuary by Sara Rawlinson

Sara Rawlinson, United Kingdom

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$ 650

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Dusk, Aberdyfi Estuary by Sara Rawlinson

Sara Rawlinson, United Kingdom

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$ 650

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Sara Rawlinson In The Studio

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More About Sara Rawlinson

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What inspires you?

I'm a details person. I thrive on texture, colour abstraction, minute features, and subtlety.

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Describe your creative process.

In essence, I paint with my camera to revitalise memories. The images are made with slow shutter speeds (eg 2-4 sec) and intentional panning of the camera throughout the exposure, a very meditative process. This “intentional camera movement” mimics the real world shapes that are to be emulated in an ephemeral fashion. Many of the final images are multiple exposures. Ultimately, I'm looking for the essence of the subject within its surrounding environment, whilst challenging the premise that a camera must mimic reality. Instead I let my camera mimic the abstract and ephemeral nature of our memories.

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Who are some artists that have influenced your work?

Robert Mapplethorpe, Bruce Barnbaum, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Bette Globus Goodman, Picasso

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What is the most important tool when creating your work?

The most important way of using my camera is by not letting it get in the way of my photograph.

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What is the best piece of advice you have been given?

If you don't like the image, you're not close enough.


Collections featuring Sara Rawlinson

1 Collection

The Shape of It: Figurative Art

83 Artists, 96 Products

Last Updated Aug 03, 2022


Credentials

Exhibitions

Kill or Cure, Wolfson College, Cambridge

2022

18th Julia Margaret Cameron Awards Exhibition

2022

Cambridge Open Studios - group exhibition

2022

17th Julia Margaret Cameron Awards Exhibition

2022

A Tale of Two Stories, Michaelhouse, Cambridge

2020

Illuminating Cambridge Libraries, Heong Gallery, Cambridge

2019

Focused, King's College Chapel, Cambridge

2018

Awards

17th Julia Margaret Cameron - Hon. Mention, abstract series

2021

18th Julia Margaret Cameron - Hon. Mention, nature series

2021

Rubery Book Award - Shortlisted, Non-fiction

2021

Int'l Photo Awards - Hon. Mention, Architecture

2020

Int'l Photo Awards - Hon. Mention, Historic Architecture

2020

Int'l Photo Awards - Hon. Mention, Self-Published Books

2020

Historic Photographer of the Year - Hon. Mention

2019

Historic Photographer of the Year - Hon. Mention

2018

Exhibitions

Kill or Cure, Wolfson College, Cambridge

2022

18th Julia Margaret Cameron Awards Exhibition

2022

Cambridge Open Studios - group exhibition

2022

17th Julia Margaret Cameron Awards Exhibition

2022

A Tale of Two Stories, Michaelhouse, Cambridge

2020

Illuminating Cambridge Libraries, Heong Gallery, Cambridge

2019

Focused, King's College Chapel, Cambridge

2018

Awards

17th Julia Margaret Cameron - Hon. Mention, abstract series

2021

18th Julia Margaret Cameron - Hon. Mention, nature series

2021

Rubery Book Award - Shortlisted, Non-fiction

2021

Int'l Photo Awards - Hon. Mention, Architecture

2020

Int'l Photo Awards - Hon. Mention, Historic Architecture

2020

Int'l Photo Awards - Hon. Mention, Self-Published Books

2020

Historic Photographer of the Year - Hon. Mention

2019

Historic Photographer of the Year - Hon. Mention

2018

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