As a big fan of both crazy sunlight, flare and motion blur, I couldn’t help but fall in love with Sarah Swanson’s images. These are taken from her “around the block” project:
“I am a artistic documentary photographer, telling the stories of people and places with images.
My passion for my neighborhood and community inspires much of my work. My project “Around the Block” is an ongoing projects of photos taken right around my square city block. These images reflect my neighbors, my children’s friends and much of what happens on my side of town on a daily basis. I also hope that some of my work might speak This project continues to expand as the kids grow and change over the months and years and as my artistic style ebbs and flows.
Lately, I have been allowing my work to evolve. I have been considering more what makes an image art. Looking back at iconic photographers and artists from the past and trying to learn from how they approached their work has really pushed me to improve my images. As an artist, I can never be done getting better or improving my work. I love to document real-life and I love to explore photography creatively. This includes playing with light, messing with shutter speed, movement and color.
I shoot with a Canon 5D Mark III and stick mainly to a 24mm or 35 mm lens. I have been exploring film a little the last year and have used a Canon EOS 3 and a little Leica Mini II, just for fun.”