Sara Fields is one of four photographers from our ISO & Rainbows open call that was selected for an honoree article. Below you can read more about this series, Diminution, and about herself!
Sara Fields is an artist and educator from Austin, TX. She recently received her Masters of Fine Arts in Photography from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Her work has been exhibited across the United States and she is currently represented by Photo Méthode Gallery.
Diminution was created while examining the contemporary understanding of the relationship between memory, the malleable mind, and the physicality of a photograph. Because photography is a representation of the past, it is inherently tied to memory. However, over the last two decades, the study of memory has revealed that the human brain collects and recollects memories differently than a camera would. In fact, our memories are always in flux – they are never the same and evolve over time, depending on a variety of factors, which include how often we revisit the same memory and what emotions are experienced during the remembrance.
Within this work, each small, 4x6-inch glossy print is a portrayal of memory in the format of family album prints and small, segmented moments of time. In this form, they illustrate what we now know memories to be: fragmented pieces that are dirtied, destroyed, and repeated with variations through the act of remembering and re-remembering.