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.
In 2011, Sara's work was included in the Rizzoli publications, New York: A Photographer's City, by Marla Hamburg Kennedy, Helena Fang, Steve Hamburg, and Elizabeth Sussman and in 2018, was included in the sequel Brooklyn Photographs Now, written by Marla Hamburg Kennedy, Contribution by Anne Pasternak and Philip Lopate.
Sara’s work has also been included on the set design of hit tv shows including Gossip Girl and Orange is the New Black.
On May 14, 2003, my father held my stepmother’s hand, closed his eyes and
submitted to the disease that had slowly consumed him. Cancer had finally conquered his body. His death left me heartbroken, confused, and lost. The world around me suddenly appeared unfamiliar. During that time, and in the years that followed, my camera provided a source of comfort and ultimately a means to see life with a new perspective. The Earth Without You emerged during this period and has grown into a body of work that I will continue for the rest of my life.
These photographs reveal the relationship between humanity and nature to be delicate and interdependent. Small human figures are neither masters of nor intruders upon the landscape they inhabit. Simply another element of nature, their existence, like the landscape 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 France 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 the quiet scenes that call to me, rather than trying to will an image into being. The graininess brings to life images of a lyrical world that is
peaceful, soothing and embracing.
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
understand and accept my place within in. My photography is a record of this journey.
These photographs reveal the relationship between humanity and nature to be delicate and interdependent.