Photographer Suzanne Saroff began working in her discipline the way most do, developing a love for it through picking up disposable cameras and point and shoots. Hooked, the Missoula-born and now New York-based photographer “endeavoured to learn as much as possible about the art, teaching myself aspects of DSLR cameras and learning lighting techniques while exploring composition and subject matter,” she tells us. Since then, composition has become a part of Suzanne’s work she’s garnered a following for, arranging glasses filled with water to alter perceptions of a well-known object, from a lobster to half a papaya, or a bunch of peonies.
Suzanne initially moved to New York to work as a photo art director at a branding agency but took the freelance leap this year, resulting in “an exciting year of growth both with my personal art as well as my client work”. Part of the many reasons for Suzanne’s growing success could be her ability to alter and change the way viewers of her work interact with everyday objects. It’s a process that is part of her “creative motivation”, looking to explore “new ways of looking at the every day, seeking to find a balance of sleek and whimsical and aspiring to create intriguing abstractions that tell stories and refresh one’s perceptions of the subjects,” she tells us.
The photographer creates the abstractions using two tools at her disposal. The first is a still life object that could be found lying around the house or in any supermarket. These items are then coupled with an arrangement of glasses, tall and short, fat and round, filled with different amounts of water to warp the shape of the original item, protruding in parts and minimising in others. “Within my compositions, it’s essential that there is feeling, emotion” the photographer explains, “and that they capture an energy that transcends the frame.”
Other than her arrangement of items, the use of lighting is key to Suzanne’s practice in order to “emphasise the details, to create a mood and to further the emotional feeling within a piece,” she points out. It’s also an area of her practice Suzanne feels excited to learn more about, looking to “develop and push my lighting styles”.
Quickly gaining intrigue for her works Suzanne is currently working on a “couple of campaigns, brand work and collabs, as well as developing my new personal work,” she explains. “One of my new personal series revisits the subject of ‘perspective’ and will involve multiple models, new colour palettes and more floral subjects,” she explains. “For all my work, client or personal, I am constantly wanting to push myself to create something new.”
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Lucy joined It’s Nice That as an editorial assistant in July 2016 after graduating from Chelsea College of Art. In October 2016 she became a staff writer on the editorial team and in January 2019 was made It’s Nice That’s deputy editor. Feel free to get in contact with Lucy about new and upcoming creative projects or editorial ideas for the site.