Sarah was given her first camera when she was about 10 years old. It was from her nana, and it was one of those cheap ones that made prints with thick black borders top and bottom, and did weird things with light.

Then she was given a nice silver Olympus camera by her parents and subjected her mother to paying for films to get developed every other week.

She then sprung into the digital age and bought her own camera – which looks like a brick now compared to cameras today. Then she went back to the dark ages for awhile when she bought a Minolta SLR for her studies at Massey University.

The purpose of going to University was to study painting, but with so many exciting classes on offer, Sarah couldn’t resist taking a couple of photography ones. And so her passion for photography was born. She discovered this whole new creative outlet and fell in love with it instantly, and despite spending hours in the darkroom finishing her assignments, discovered she loved that too.

Sadly, the film age is fading and, with it, darkrooms. But digital photography is a whole new world of its own and Photoshop has become the new darkroom. So, to keep up with the times, Sarah bought a digital SLR camera three years ago and now takes it everywhere.

Her old cameras plus a few found and given to her for decoration’s sake still sit on a shelf awaiting film which may never come, but Sarah hasn’t given up hope that, someday, film will make a comeback just like vinyl records (she is convinced vinyl is going to make a comeback in the near future).

Sarah’s love for all things vintage inspired the name Sitting on a Cornflake. If you don’t know the words, the song goes: “sitting on a cornflake, waiting for the van to come. Corporation tee-shirt, stupid bloody Tuesday, man you’ve been a naughty boy you let your face grow long” and was written by a man named John Lennon, who was part of a band you might have heard of… the Beatles, which has become Sarah’s all time favourite band and her muse.

Bright colours, quirky angles, cheeky facial expressions and obscure lighting effects dominate her work as she tries to bring a slice of the sixties into the digital age.

In contrast, she is also in love with moody black and white photos, leaving room in the middle for almost anything.

So if you’re feeling a little crazy, hankering for something different, call me.


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