Sarah Parker

Sarah Parker

Sarah Parker, University of Brighton Faculty of Arts

Photography BA(Hons)

What work are you exhibiting in the Graduate Show 2012 - Up and Beyond?

River Light

This work stems from an engagement with the moving water and the cast shadows, as quiet markers of time their movement implies a rightful passage through space and time. It is based on experiments in shadow catching and light tracing to interrupt, imprint and record layers of time.

These experiments attempt to solidify passing light and lift shadows in various ways, to chart and duplicate their ethereality, to futilely preserve an ever-receding tide line.

Water is the central element in my process. The flow of the river and the changes in the states of the tide are indices of the passing time. E6 film is used here to capture the changes in the quality of the light at different states of tide and weather. Light boxes and dark spaces are apt mediums as an apparatus they capture, hold and project the work.

My background

I went back to education after I was diagnosed with MS and it became apparent that I was unable to continue my work as an outdoor instructor working for a disabilities charity in the North East. Brighton was my first choice because of its reputation and it was a city I had enjoyed in the past.

Its been hard work, but if its not hard work its not worth doing, and I have enjoyed my three years at the university and in the city.

As a student with a disability I received some help from student services getting things in place that I needed to access the course, and throughout the course I have received help from the various tutors in different ways. I have found it to be a supportive environment to be in.

What would you say to anyone considering this course?

Be brave, think about what you really want from the course, and commit your self to working.

What has been your greatest challenge?

As I hadn’t written an essay for about a million years I found the theory side hard and the dissertation was my biggest challenge, but the tutors do help you through that.

After graduation:

I would like to work in gallery education.