Hi, I’m Sarah!
When I was young I was obsessed with Harriet the Spy – the 1964 classic novel about an 11-year-old girl who observes people and writes her thoughts down in a notebook. I had a little notebook too – where I documented what I saw. I would sit on a bench at the mall and people-watch, writing down random things they did or said. I used to eavesdrop on my neighbours even. Haha! I was collecting information and mental images for no reason other than people were really interesting to me. It’s no wonder my favourite photographs and stories are from Humans of New York.
I remember carrying around a camera as a teenager, snapping photos of whatever was going on around me. It wasn’t until my 20s that I realized I needed something better to work with. I couldn’t capture what I saw in my head with the limited equipment I had. I remember blurting out “I need a camera!” while driving with my husband one day. And it wasn’t like “I need new clothes” or “I need a coffee.” He picked up on my desperation, as any good husband should, and soon after threw me a surprise birthday party, getting my friends to chip in to buy me my first SLR (film) camera. Looking back I think I needed it to be a gift. Purchasing one for myself would’ve meant I thought I was good enough to use it. Jaded or not, I needed others belief in me to fuel the belief in myself. My journey with photography has been a lot like this.