We proudly introduce our first choice for our Behind The Lens Series, featuring photographer Sarah Da Silva from Colorado Springs, C.O. Sarah has established herself on the east coast, originally from Springfield N.J. She obtained her Associates Degree in Photography and has worked as an concert, event, wedding and portrait photographer. She also creates beautiful nature photography that has been hung in several galleries including “Ephemera”, an exhibition in Salem, N.Y. in 2011.
Acres: We are interested in the artist behind the lens. This project is a simple look at who you are professionally and artistically. Sarah what is your current camera and equipment list?
SDS: The equipment I use are the Nikon D60 and the Nikon D90 with the SB 600 and 800 flash. However, it’s not how fancy the equipment is, it’s the eye of the beholder.
Acres: Yes I agree, it really comes down to what a photographer can do with available tools. There is no need for fancy high-tech gear to take beautiful, insightful photographs. You have a great eye for nature photography and i’ve noticed that your work is clearly balanced between shooting and meticulous editing, with your own artistic flare. As a photographer, how do you decide what and where to shoot, how do you get there? What do you look for through your lens?
SDS: I wouldn’t consider myself solely a ‘nature’ photographer, I’m open to anything and everything. Although my dream is to one day work for either national geographic or for my own company focusing on concert photography but I want to broaden my portfolio and explore every branch of photography.
How I decide what to shoot is always something that catches my eye, whether it’s symmetry, or asymmetry, I look for some kind of balance and unity through the lens. It could be an everyday appliance we pass by without thought or a breath taking mountainous landscape. My purpose is simple, I just want humans to take a second look and open their perspective to what is around us. I feel that if I can get people to become aware of the beauty on this planet and the people who are in it, we could do more to protect it and ourselves. I want to share a different perspective. Photography is an universal language that anyone can understand. A picture says a thousand words.
Acres: Very well said, it’s difficult to bring the attention of the viewer towards a global/universal acknowledgement that our environment is in serious need of protection at this point in history. One image that comes to mind is this photograph you took last year in Colorado, with several pieces of wheat in focus. The giant mountains in the background are blurred but still recognizable to the human eye. It immediately conveys your message of bringing that sense of awareness to the beauty and the need to value landscapes that are disappearing rapidly in this country.
Acres: So you do a range of outdoor shooting for nature photography as well as indoor shooting for music events (concerts of professional musicians) and weddings. There must be a lot of technical knowledge that comes with the use of your flash and setting up for various lighting situations. Tell me about the best moment you’ve ever had shooting. What aspects of this moment changed the way you see through your camera?
SDS: The best experience I’ve had with photography was when I shot for the band Imbala at the Theatre of Living Arts in Philadelphia P.A. this past February. It was such a rush! The bright lights, the music, the crowd. Snapping pictures to the rhythm of music. It was such a meditative experience.
Acres: Imbala is from the east coast and I know you have worked with them for quite some time taking shots at their concerts. You’re long time friends of the brothers Wirjo, Scott Zanon and Mike Delia. For those of you who don’t know Imbala, check out their music HERE. They won Battle of The Bands in 2011 in Philly and are an eclectic group creating junkcore music.
We want to thank Sarah for connecting with the collective here at Acres. We hope that promoting art and music through the site can become an accessible network for independent creators all over the world.
– Jay Schimpf