To be more creative is to get closer to childhood.
“Impressionist photographer” Sarah Moon has spent her entire career dancing down the high-wire tension line strung between fine-art and fashion photography. To my knowledge, she has yet to falter or repeat herself.
Her phantasmagoric vision, though often imitated, would be impossible to duplicate. Most anyone with the time and resources can become a darkroom wizard, and Moon certainly is, using capricious techniques like sepia coloring on matte paper, toned silver gelatin printing, solarization, monochrome Polaroid pack, etc. Much of the trendy work made through these means can seem a bit stale or derivative, lacking a certain sense of playfulness, don’t you think? The mischievous gut level allegory found in Moon’s most memorable compositions sets her apart.
Take a stroll through her dreamy fairy tale world beyond the cut.
It’s rare for a commercial photographer to gain renown while working primarily in such a grainy, blurry, enigmatically feminine vein. From the description of her “Coincidences” collection:
“Although Moon has been a major participant in the world of fashion for more than three decades, she has carefully carved out her own niche — a signature style that dispenses with the erotically suggestive poses favored by many of her male counterparts in favor of the emblems of luxury and nostalgia.”
All images by Sarah Moon.
- Short article and biography
- Sarah Moon interviewed by Frank Horvat
- Moon’s gorgeous edition of “Little Red Riding Hood”
- “Circus”(a revision of Hans Christian Anderson’s “The Little Match Girl)