Sara Rawlinson is a contemporary photographer specialising in abstract fine art, architecture and heritage photography. She has had a camera in her hands most days since she was six years old.
Rawlinson spent most of her childhood with a camera in hand and in her grandma’s darkroom, followed by a decade in academic science. She returned to her childhood love of photography in 2013. Her academic years still heavily influence her photography – often showcasing textures, landscapes, geological features, and geological current events such as sea level rise and volcanic eruptions.
In her fine art abstract work, Rawlinson uses her camera to create memories of moments rather than recording specific details, with the aim to make photos with intentional movement and often without context to evoke an ephemeral and painterly aesthetic. Her work evokes the essence of a subject by leaning towards the ‘significant form’ idea from the 1920s Bloomsbury Group’s Clive Bell – that a good work of art is so defined by its ability to provoke ‘aesthetic emotion’ in the viewer and has little, if anything, to do with subject identification or representation.
Many of Rawlinson’s photographs and self-published books have been shortlisted for several international awards and are held in private and public collections around the world.
Sara lives in Cambridge England with her husband and 10-yr old daughter. Her days are filled with photography, travel and home schooling her daughter.