by Sara Wight
Beautiful photography by Sara Wight. Beyond the Horizon (see her statement below) and the polaroid series “Kiss me” and “touch me” are are great pieces of work.
On May 14, 2003, my father held my stepmother’s hand, closed his eyes and submitted to the disease that had slowly consumed him. After a long and debilitating battle, cancer finally conquered his body. His death left me heartbroken, confused and lost. The world I had lived in for 27 years suddenly appeared unfamiliar to me. All I could see was suffering and death.
In my search for comfort, I found it impossible to accept the seeming injustice of the cycle of life. Desperate to see the world again with the optimism and delight that had been stolen from me, I began to travel, hoping that my camera could provide a means to understanding and eventually moving beyond my despair.
Beyond the Horizon emerged during this period.
The series is comprised of 35 mm photographic prints that reveal the relationship between humanity and nature to be delicate and interdependent. Small human figures are neither masters of nor intruders upon the landscapes they inhabit. Simply another element of nature, their existence, like the waves, is in a constant state of flux. There are mountains that have been thrust into the sky, seeming to crave the embrace of the sun. And there are hills that once were mountains, no less beautiful in their diminished form.