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August's Photographer of The Month- Sarah Clark
Remember our Cities photography competition in May? Sarah Clark was the lucky winner with ‘Looking down on London’ and won £200 pounds worth of framing vouchers. Sarah kindly agreed to be our August photographer of the month to give us an insight of her life from behind the camera, have a read to see what Sarah had to say…
What was the idea behind the photo you entered into June’s photography competition?
We were on a day trip to London and had tickets to head up to the top of the Shard. I wanted to try and get some pictures that showed the city and some of its well known landmarks. I also wanted to show that it was a working city where people live and work and I think the photo I took achieved this. As well as catching landmarks such as the London Eye and Big Ben you can see trains entering/ leaving the station and office buildings/ houses stretching back to the trees and parkland beyond. I chose the black and white as it brings out the detail of the city below.
What do you plan to do with your framing vouchers?
I was really pleased that my picture won as the competition was tough! I’ve still not used my vouchers but I plan to get some frames for a couple of pictures I have ready. I’m also off to France soon so I’m hoping that I’ll be getting some good pictures worth framing!
How did you get into photography?
I have been taking pictures for nearly 11 years and I think I first became interested in it due to the arrival of our now 10 year old son, Jack, when we wanted to capture all those special moments in his life. Since then it has developed into a hobby and it’s not often that I don’t have my camera with me!
What do you enjoy about photography?
I love the fact that photography allows me to capture those special moments in my family and other’s lives and I enjoy sharing my photography with friends and families. It’s fun and I get great pleasure from capturing the world around us. I have met other photographers who say that it makes you look at everything a little differently and this is something I’d agree with, you sometimes do manage to capture the detail in everyday life that others may miss.
What are you currently doing?
I am currently a Finance & Administration Manager for a charity called DENS. It’s a local charity working with the homeless and those at risk of homelessness and/ or other crisis such as poverty. Photography is currently a hobby but I have started to sell some prints and greeting cards. I also enter lots of competitions and it’s rewarding to have your work recognised by people who have professional experience within the industry.
What are your plans for the future?
Who knows what will happen in the future but I plan to keep photography very much in my life. If I’m lucky and get that lottery win I would love to be a photographer full time creating artwork for people to enjoy at home. To be able to turn my hobby into what I do for a living would be very rewarding.
Tell us about your favourite camera and why
I don’t think I have a favourite camera although I do love my Canon 700D which gives me the tools to take a wide range of pictures. It has both the manual and auto features which allow me to get the best photos whatever the situation. I also own a Lytro, a light field camera, which creates some interesting pictures where you can manually change the focus once the picture has been taken.
Anything else you want to mention?
I have recently developed a website, www.scphotography.org.uk if anyone would like to see more of the work I do. I can also be found on Facebook, www.facebook.com/sarahjcphotography.
We’d like to say a big thank you to Sarah for offering to be out August Photographer of the Month, you can view a gallery of Sarah’s work on our Facebook page! If you’d like to be featured as our photographer of the month please email firstname.lastname@example.org.