WWI Chromatography ‘Battleland’ Project

Battleland seeks to represent contemporary landscapes from rejuvenated World War One battlefields along the Western Front.  Soil and flower samples were collected in order to create organic chromatographs to represent traces of matter that are otherwise dormant and unseen. The artworks seek to highlight the fate of many thousands of fallen soldiers that still reside in the soil.  

The chromatographs were created using a soil quality technique developed by German scientist Ehrenfried Pfeiffer (1899-1961).  His  intention was to analyse the organic compounds of soil, flora and fauna for the purposes of agricultural quality testing.  The process uses a dilution of silver nitrate as a photosensitive base for the circular filter papers. The secondary organic material is soaked in sodium hydroxide and the process is repeated. Finally, the filter paper is exposed to sunlight in order for the characteristics of the sample to appear.

Headshots with Evie

Evie is an actor and extra and recently got in touch for me to take some updated headshots of her.  She is a member of the Regional Young Actors Ensemble and was shortlisted for the Vault New Writers Award ’18.  To find out more about Evie’s talents visit her Starnow page.  Certainly a talented star on the rise!

 

 

Headshot Shoot

I was recently commissioned by Menai to take some formal headshots to be used for professional profile images.  Menai is the CEO of The Pituitary Foundation that provides support and information for people affected by pituitary gland conditions.  The organisations also campaigns on behalf of sufferers ensuring they have a voice.  She is also a ACEVO trustee which is a network for charity and social enterprise leaders. To find out more about the foundation Menai can be reached via Linkedin.

All that Jazz with Helen

Helen contacted me recently as she wanted to get some photographs for her new website.  The shoot was at Clwb Y Bont in Pontypridd where the first Monday of every month is reserved for jazz.  With various musicians playing a variety of instruments, everyone was just joining in.  I still wish I had learnt to play an instrument when I was younger so it was especially inspiring to see such encouragement and camaraderie amongst them.  Helen on the other hand focuses on singing, with a beautiful style and tone of voice synonymous with the jazzy vibe.  Her rendition of ‘Summertime’ was just a joy.  I could have stayed all night but with the last train beckoning I sadly had to leave.  To find out more about the club lick this link.   

Portrait Shoot with Barbara

I was recently asked by Barbara to come along and take some images of her to use for publicity purposes.  Barbara was diagnosed with MS in 2012 and is a campaigner for the awareness of the condition and disability rights.  Her book, ‘Stumbling In Flats’ was short-listed for The International Rubery Book Award in 2015 and her MA dissertation story, ‘Who Cares?’ was short-listed for the 2017 Exeter Story Prize.  With an MA in Creative Writing she continues to talk about her life in her blog as well as undertaking the massive challenge of a PHD.  It was a pleasure to meet and photograph such an inspirational woman.

A lovely Testimony from Elisa

The email I received …

‘Hi Sarah

I just downloaded my faves.  I was trying to find out if I can leave a review anywhere but couldn’t find it.  So, as an alternative, I’m sending you one via email in case you wanted to use it on your website (but also if I can leave a review somewhere do let me know!).

I contacted Sarah because I needed new portraits for professionals purposes.  Normally, I am very awkward around cameras but Sarah made me feel at ease instantly with her outgoing and warm personality.  The end result was great – I know I have several lovely and also diverse portraits I can use in my professional life.  I highly recommend her.’

…. isn’t that just the kindness thing to do, thank you Elisa it was a pleasure to meet you. x

It’s been ages …

I was very determined to keep my website up to date with all my work.  However, a little thing called an Masters degree took over my life this last year and literally became number one priority.  There are only so many plates I can keep spinning so posting my ‘news’ fell by the wayside.  I finished my studies a few weeks ago so I’ve picked up the website plate and have started to spin it once again!

Steel Remembered Exhibition at the Senedd

First World War ‘Steel Remembered’ showcases the work of a 2 year community project by Linc-Cymru Housing Association, funded by HLF Wales. It has involved researching the lives of men who are listed on the Orb Steel Works First World War Memorial, the role of the works during that time and a look at those who returned.  The event began with a talk from the organiser Suzy Bowers.  Three schools were involved and the children read the names of the fallen throughout the event.  There was a mixture of choir music and songs such as ‘A Long Way to Tipperary’ and ‘Pack up your troubles’ as the audience of 400 strong (official number) sang along – some teary eyed.  The display boards told the stories of the men who did not return, and seeing their faces on the wall as a collective really brought home the sacrifices that were made. 

I have photographed events in the Senedd many times and this was the busiest I have seen it.  There were both ITV and the BBC camera crew present, who both interviewed the family who have been reunited as a result of the project.  Staff from the Firing Line Museum were dressed as soldiers and nurses of the era and brought an array of unique artefacts to share their knowledge with the many interested participants both young and old.  Nigel Clubb from the Heritage Lottery Fund said a few words about the success of the project and Kirsty Williams AM, the cabinet secretary for education, gave details of funding for schools to commemorate WWI. 

It was a wonderful and poignant event and it was a pleasure to both photograph and be part of it.

 

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