Sarah Moon (works selected by me)
Sarah Moon is a French photographer. After modeling for about six years, Moon switched to photography, where she became well-known for fashion photography. After 15 years of fashion photography, Moon decided to devote her time to purely artistic photography and black and white negative Polaroid.
What attracted me to Moon’s work were the edges of her photos, as strange as that may seem. Why the edges? The edges told me that Moon’s photos are most likely large format Polaroids. Polaroid and The Impossible Project are two of my favorite things, so just the fact that these photographs are black and white Polaroids was enough to draw me in. After I got past the fact that Moon shot Polaroids, I noticed her subjects. All were very interesting to me, even the simple subjects like the model’s profile in the first photograph. Moon knows where to place the subjects in the photo to create the most interest and draw the viewer in, which is a skill that I am currently working on. In the photographs above, if the subjects were moved even a little bit whichever way, some interest would be lost, which shows that Moon has an eye for composition. I also really like the tones in Moon’s photographs. Instead of having the brightest white and the darkest black and only a couple of different grays in between, Moon has many different shades of gray in her photos. This adds depth to her photos, and that is definitely a good thing. I want to shoot more large format Polaroids like Moon (I’m working on a way to shoot 8x10), so I’m definitely going to keep studying and learning from her work.
Photography deals with appearances, but nothing is what it appeared to be!