Nothing is ever still. For photographer Sarah Silver movement is her forte. Sarah Silver has combined her passion of dance and photography in a way that is not only provocative, but innovate. By combing the two with the latest technology she has pushed the limits and shed light on a new level for photographers. Resource Magazine had a chance to catch up with Sarah Silver for an interview. If you’d like to hear more about Sarah’s experiences  transitioning from stills to motion, she’ll be giving a free workshop tomorrow night at AbelCine in NYC.

Digital is king. Technology has bridged the gap in many ways for photographers and videographers.Sarah explains what attracted her to motion. “I’ve always loved motion- I think in the last few years the ability to use your DSLIR for video has made it the logical step for all still photographer,” she shares. With new advances in technology one has to keep up. Some adjustments Sarah Silver made to her style as a photographer are emphasis on casting, it’s better to have models who are flexible and can pose for both mediums. “I have to think about the full arc of a moment instead of just the singular shutter click,” she admits. Sarah also says when she’s shooting with sound things have to be at a hush.

BlackBook – Mirrors (B&W Edit) from Sarah Silver on Vimeo.

Sarah Silver, Photography, motion, video, still, photography, workshop, abelcine

© Sarah Silver 2013

Sarah Silver, Photography, motion, video, still, photography, workshop, abelcine

© Sarah Silver 2013

Sarah Silver, Photography, motion, video, still, photography, workshop, abelcine

© Sarah Silver 2013

Not only do the models have to be flexible, but also Sarah found she too had to bend a little. When it came to thinking one frame to working with multiple frames it was a challenge she could conquer. “I’ve been trying to squeeze everything into one perfect shot for so long- this was actually incredibly liberating,” she exclaims. Sarah Silver works with a DP and her personal camera but prefers to work with a DP so that she can ‘step back and see the whole picture’. However she doesn’t have a preference when it comes to shooting stills or motion. For Sarah’s eye there is only slight variations between the two.

There have been tremendous leaps in technology making photography more practical, and readily available. For the future Sarah Silver would like to expand into other areas. “I think narrative film is definitely a place I can I can end up in,” she says. “[For example] I directed a big skincare project with green screen and VFX components that required body language and actions to look interactive with futuristic elements that were created in post. It was so much fun to create a virtual world like that…it’s like retouching magnified by a million percent. I love it,” she explained.

Even with new technology, gadgets, and constantly moving Sarah Silver looks at the subtly for inspiration. “I find a light that inspires me and then I use it for everything. I try to find all the possible ways to use that device and push the limits of what people normally use it for,” she explains. “Right now I’m obsessed with the Bronocolor Para 88. I’ve used it on just about every shoot for every application since I bought it and I’m totally crazy about the way everything looks with it—the flash—the continuous light for both video and stills.”

I’m inspired by everything I see all day. Sometimes I like to put on headphones and  just ride the bus downtown…I just get lost in a world of visuals. NYC is the perfect city to do that in…if you let your mind wander you’ll be amazed by what you come up with,” she said.

The digital element has allowed photographer Sarah Silver to experiment and create new boundaries. She has developed work that exemplifies true originality that develops new dimensions in the still and motion mediums. If you are interested in seeing more of Sara Silver’s work visit here.

Vogue Mexico from Sarah Silver on Vimeo.

 

Sarah Silver, Photography, motion, video, still, photography, workshop, abelcine

© Sarah Silver 2013

Sarah Silver, Photography, motion, video, still, photography, workshop, abelcine

© Sarah Silver 2013

Sarah Silver, Photography, motion, video, still, photography, workshop, abelcine

© Sarah Silver 2013

Sarah Silver, Photography, motion, video, still, photography, workshop, abelcine

© Sarah Silver 2013

About the Artist –

Sarah Silver, Photography, motion, video, still, photography, workshop, abelcine

Photographer & Director Sarah Silver

New York-based photographer Sarah Silver has found her true calling combining her two passions, photography and dance. Her portfolio includes beauty, fashion and film. Her work has appeared in magazines including PDN/PIX, Italian Vogue, Elle, Time Out NY and the New York Times. She has adopted a completely digital workflow since March 2001, shooting with a medium format digital camera. Visit sarahsilver.com to view Sarah’s work and learn more about her.

This post was brought to you in part by AbelCine.

Sarah Silver, Photography, motion, video, still, photography, workshop, abelcine