Still Life – In Chapters | Sara Silks

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Continuing my studies of fragility, vulnerability, and determination, I am making short visual narratives using constructed still life work.


As a response to the world we live in, these images allude to the

consequences of urban planning, migration, and overpopulation.

The symbols I use are those of aviary species, with strong historical metaphors for nature, nurture, adaptation, and survival.



Chapter One: Determination of the Species

Small vignettes produced to illustrate the hopeful efforts of the aviary species to survive, despite loss and hardship.

Palladium prints on Bergger COT 320 with gum pigment.


Chapter Two: Studies of Civilizations

Abstracted still life images produced to conceptualize future civilizations, plutonomies, and the intersection of monuments and nature.

Pigment prints on Awagami Unryu washi.  13×19”



“My work investigates concepts of fragility, vulnerability, and determination. I use darkroom printing processes, large and small format photography, and digital tools in my work. Using alternative and historical photographic processes, along with my drawing and printmaking background gives me the latitude to make my work intrinsically personal”    ~ Sara Silks

Sara Silks is fine art photographer known internationally for her work in alternative processes.

Silks received her BA in both Visual Arts and Art History, and MA in Art History with Honors.
She also completed graduate work with emphasis in alternative and historic photographic processes.

Silks has exhibited nationally and internationally in museums and juried gallery shows. Her first solo show was in New York City at the Soho Photo Gallery in October of 2017. She was a finalist in Photolucida’s Critical Mass for the past three years, and was the international winner in two categories of the Julia Margaret Cameron Awards, 2017, resulting in work shown in Barcelona.

Both her work and interviews have been featured in SHOTS Magazine, Lenscratch, Diffusion Annual IX, Plates to Pixels 2017, L’Oeil de la Photographie, South by Southeast Photomagazine, The Hand Magazine, Seities publications, Fine Art Magazine, DE (portfolio), and more.

Her work is currently held in major private collections across the country and internationally.

Follow Nancy McCrary:
Nancy is the Publisher and Founding Editor of South x Southeast photomagazine. She is also the Director of South x Southeast Workshops, and Director of South x Southeast Photogallery. She resides on her farm in Georgia with 4 hounds where she shoots only pictures.


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