Randall Scott Gallery in Washington, D.C. is currently showing new photographs by one of PDN Magazine‘s “30 Under 30 To Watch” (2007), Sarah Wilmer. Influenced by 16th and 17th century Dutch painting as well as the more modern medium of film, Wilmer’s photographs evoke a sense of mystery and other worldliness. Her settings provide a vague framework for the imaginary story which she is documenting.
Wilmer begins with a general sense of imagery, subject, and cast of characters, but responds to her photographic surroundings upon arriving to each shoot. She uses props to create loose narratives of enchanted settings and transcendent realms. After processing the film, she employs saturation of color and printing techniques to create emotional presence and a sense of heightened reality. Her technical skills are crisply apparent, producing a presentational polish in each still.
Wilmer currently lives and works in Brooklyn and her work has been featured in various publications including V Magazine, Nomenus Quarterly, and Surface. Her work will remain at Randall Scott Gallery until July 5, 2008.