Wonder in Light

Artwork
Identifier:
2021.44.1
Artist:
Sarah Anderson
Credit:
GVSU Collection
Medium:
Metallic Glossy Print
Date:
2021
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 22" Width: 17"
Historical Context:
While studying Public Relations and Photography at GVSU, Sarah Anderson had already served nearly eight years in the United States Marine Corp at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, California, and the Marine Corps Base in Hawaii. As part of the Senior Photography Thesis Exhibition titled “Ephemerality,” Anderson explored the difference between what the human eye sees, and what a camera can actually capture. Cameras and smartphones allow people to easily share and capture a beautiful moment, but when photographing something like a sunset, a photograph only captures a brief moment of a bigger experience. In her series of photographs, “Artistry of Light,” Anderson challenges the way time and light are portrayed in an image by writing with light in the dark, something easily captured by a camera lens, but more difficult to see with the human eye. On her work she reflects, “Through using this medium, light brings images to life like they could never have in real time. Two essential aspects of photography are light and time. Without light, there is no image. Without a dedicated time set for the photograph, there is no telling how the frame will turn out. By manipulating these two aspects of photography, light and color are captured that can derive an emotional response, sense of identity, appreciation for mystery or adventure, as well as beauty that is unique to long exposure photography.”