Sarah Broome – Shed Gallery Artist of the week

This week we are highlighting as our Artist of the Week the work of Sarah Broome.

As she says in her profile that ‘I lost my mojo but now I’m back’. It is not always easy being continuously creative. Sometimes ideas need to bubble away under the surface and then somehow something sparks an idea and then away you go.

The Sentry by Sarah Broome

Her new series of ‘Postcards from Home‘ combines her love of photography superimposing images that speak of a beloved means of communication that has become all but redundant. Radiohead used to have as one of their riders (requests whilst on tour) postcards with stamps attached to send home to let family know where they were!

A Winter’s Day by Sarah Broome

A few words from Sarah:

Over the past two years I have mainly been working on a small scale. The first time in 30 odd years of picking up a paint brush and exploring where I left off after leaving school.

During those years I had mainly been occupied with a love for photography. As the years passed I began to feel that something was missing, that I needed something more. I began searching for other mediums that could be used to combine and solidify a desire to capture the landscape that surrounds me. I began with watercolour pens and progressed to oils with acrylics and pastels in between. My first attempts with oils were really bad so I stopped. Trying to find my way with a little help from my artist brother and a few words of advice from artist friends. I mainly concentrated with getting to grips with the bare bones, back to the drawing board so to speak!

Gorse in the Landscape by Sarah Broome

The past year has been all about exploration of abilities. Working small scale with soft pastels, acrylic inks, charcoal and so on. And then it happened. I had previously purchased two large canvases in a sale and had done nothing with them. I wasn’t ready to go large at that time. Until recently they had sat in the studio untouched and still wrapped in their cellophane. Last weekend I had an epiphany and in a whim I decided it was time!
When I finished Through the Meadows I sat back and looked at it in wonder, had I really just created that?

Through the Meadows by Sarah Broome

To say I was shocked with myself would be an understatement. The feedback I received fro an artist community on a social media platform was overwhelming. Since that first tiny step I have produced two more large pieces and I want/need to produce more! Everything I have been making over the past two years has led me to where I am now.

Sarah Broome, the Shed artist of the week.

Goodness me where to start! As always, probably at the beginning…

My parents have a white photo album which documents our two years living in Australia back in the early 70’s. In it there is a photo that I took at the age of four and a half of a sunset from our balcony. So I guess you could say I started taking an interest at an early age. Forward wind to the age of eleven and a school trip to Devon, another significant photo taken on a point and shoot film camera at a boat museum somewhere near Paignton. A boat in the form of a swan situated by a window with only the natural light (no flash) so that half of the boat was in light, the other in darkness. Sheer flook of course and something I have tried to emulate ever since to no avail.

Break through the Door by Sarah Broome

Break through the Door by Sarah Broome

Which neatly brings me to my point I am trying to make…a friend of mine said to me last year that my style of photography is simply spontaneous and rarely planned, (or words to that effect). Something I should not change. Not everyone will like what I do but that may be because don’t understand! He also recommended that I give The Shed a whirl as he said that Chelsea would “get it”. Whatever “it” is!  So here I am, trying to talk about myself and my photography!

Solitary Leaf by Sarah Broome

Solitary Leaf by Sarah Broome

I stumbled upon a quote the other day by Yann Arthus Bertrand: “The Earth is art, the photographer is only a witness”. I think maybe we as photographers choose how we interpret that “art”. For me, I like to try and capture the smaller scenes of the whole view, for example the stern of a fishing boat amongst the grasses; fence posts amongst the grasses, the rest of the scene blurred to make the viewer want to go there to see for themselves. Whether that works in reality is something I am yet to discover. I hope in my own little way that it does!

Swan in Golden Light 2 by Sarah Broome

Swan in Golden Light 2 by Sarah Broome

For a long time I used to be all too quick and trigger happy, the joy of digital technology!  Several years  ago I rediscovered film. My favourite camera being my Mamiya C330 MF. It made me slow down and think about composition, light and settings etc. A useful lesson! However, for me anything that takes a photo is good enough for me. My last exhibition with Dorset Art Weeks was solely photos taken using my iPhone. It was a good conversational piece! Most recently I have been using my Canon 7D. If you were to ask me what my ideal camera would be, my answer would be the Leica M8 which only takes Black and White. At £8000 it will remain a dream!  Taking it to Yosemite National Park and/or Alaska would also  be a wonderful experience.

Autumn Glory by Sarah Broome

Autumn Glory by Sarah Broome

Anyway, it just leaves me to say thank you for reading this, viewing my collections and the opportunity for trying to talk about myself, something I am not very good at. I hope all of the above makes sense!!!

Harbour Protection of Old by Sarah Broome

Harbour Protection of Old by Sarah Broome