HVCA FEATURES ‘A STILLNESS’ PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT IN NOVEMBER
“In the context of nature, my work revolves around the moments that are often ignored,” says Sarah Blanchette. “It is important to dull all other thoughts and focus on the numbing silence,” she continues. “You may be surprised as to what you end up witnessing.
Blanchette’s photography exhibit, A Stillness, is featured at Huron Valley Council for the Arts in November; it’s highlighted in a gallery opening event Nov. 6 from 7-9 p.m., which includes the opportunity to meet the artist and light refreshments.
She explains, “A Stillness is a photographic analysis of the efforts performed by nature prior to the eruption of a spring storm. The collection includes 20 images, black and white, printed on 11x14 metallic paper and mounted in identical black frames. Each image is representative of the stages involved prior to the downpour. The subjects reflect their surroundings through the intensity of their highlights, reflective of the foreboding strikes of lightening. The arrangement of images will introduce the viewers to an intimate part of nature that often goes unseen.”
A photo-based artist who works in the Metro Detroit area, Blanchette earned a dual bachelor’s degree in journalism and studio art photography from Oakland University. She operates her own fine art commercial photography business, sbfinephoto, in her spare time.
She said she began her career in photography as a high school freshman, focusing the majority of her work on nature subjects. Her university work, however “shifted towards feminist topics exploring positive self-image and current societal barriers.”
Blanchette received the best photograph award in the youth category from the Huron-Clinton Metro Park photography contest in 2008 and the Mark Murphy Endowed Scholarship for Photography in 2015.
In addition to her digital photography, she enjoys using other equipment, such as large format film, pinhole photography and melding her photos with other art forms such as art quilting, woodworking, and photo montage.
Gallery hours for the exhibit are