Recently, I came across the photography of Sara Wight. I instantly became a fan of her series Beyond the Horizon. Sara was nice enough to provide some info about her and this project. Ladies and gents…for your viewing and reading pleasure… I present Sara Wight’s Beyond the Horizon! See below links to Sara’s commercial and fine art site, as well as her bio and artist statement.
“…I began to travel, hoping that my camera could provide a means to understanding and then moving beyond my despair. Beyond the Horizon emerged during this period and has grown into a body of work that I will continue to build for the rest of my life.”
“The photographs in this series reveal the relationship between humanity and nature to be delicate and interdependent.”
“Inevitably, there are human-made elements: buildings, wires, fences, roads. All of these, made from natural materials and temporarily suspended in their current form, are destined to return to the earth.”
A little about Sara…
Sara Wight is an award-winning photographer who holds a BFA in Fine Arts from Kutztown University and an MFA in Photography, Video and Related Media from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. For more than a decade, her fine art photography has been exhibited widely in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States and is held in many private collections. She also shoots commercially, teaches photography and has worked as an art director with some of the top photographers in the world. Most recently, Sara was awarded a residency at the Vermont Studio Center, a residency program hosting 50 visual artists and writers from around the world.
A little about Beyond the Horizon…
On May 14, 2003, my father held my stepmother’s hand, closed his eyes and submitted to the disease that had slowly consumed him. After a long and debilitating battle, cancer finally conquered his body. His death left me heartbroken, confused and lost. My world suddenly appeared unfamiliar to me. In my search for comfort, I found it impossible to accept the seeming injustice of the cycle of life. Desperate to see the world again with the innocence that had been stolen from me, I began to travel, hoping that my camera could provide a means to understanding and then moving beyond my despair. Beyond the Horizon emerged during this period and has grown into a body of work that I will continue to build for the rest of my life.
The photographs in this series reveal the relationship between humanity and nature to be delicate and interdependent. Small human figures on the banks of the River Ganges are neither masters of nor intruders upon the landscape they inhabit. Simply another element of nature, their existence, like the river itself, is in a constant state of flux. There are California mountains that have been thrust into the sky by the ever-shifting earth. And there are Spanish hills that once were mountains, no less beautiful in their diminished form. Ever-changing cloud formations in the sky over Versailles are captured as they were at a single moment in time before that form was lost and replaced by another. New England fog hovers in the air, temporarily enveloping the landscape with its eerie beauty. Inevitably, there are human-made elements: buildings, wires, fences, roads. All of these, made from natural materials and temporarily suspended in their current form, are destined to return to the earth.
By using a 35mm camera to create these images, I am allowed the freedom to follow my instincts and impulsively capture these quiet scenes rather than trying to will an image into being. The grain of the film is integral to the image, as it illuminates the beauty and ephemeral nature of this world.
While not eliminating the significance of human suffering, the lessons of the natural world do offer a sense of perspective. Our physical selves are as much a part of this world as the mountains and the clouds and the light given by the sun. All are in flux. All are fleeting. Only by viewing human life within the cyclical context of nature can I begin the process of understanding and accepting human mortality. My photography is a record of this journey.