In essence, I paint with my camera to revitalise memories.

Sara Rawlinson is a contemporary photographer specialising in both abstract fine art and heritage architecture. She has had a camera in her hands most days since she was six years old.

Rawlinson spent a decade in academia, teaching seismology and natural hazards, before returning 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. 

Rawlinson’s work has been shortlisted for several international awards and is held in private and public collections around the world. 

She lives in the Cambridge and is always on the lookout for new friends, photography collaborations, and interesting exhibition venues.

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