The Photographic Journal

Trips to Dreamworld

Essay 12 • Aug 6th 2015

I believe that since I was eleven years old, I've been photographing the same thing. Since as far back as I can remember I've been fascinated, even fixated on the things that just don't fit. By 'fit' I mean into society’s boxes, and that can mean a large amount of things. A few examples might be people in relationships of the same sex, freaks, people with mental conditions, abandoned..anything, the imperfect, dreamers, weirdos, someone with a physical deformity, psychics, rebels, or someone with a a wild mind and a half frozen heart.

I search for these things plus many more. I aim for my photos to represent this with their ethereal visuals and daunting undertones paired with the repetitive imagery and symbols and era-less environments and attire. I direct my models (all of whom are close friends) by letting them be natural, whatever that is for them at that particular time, while gently, or sometimes aggressively, persuading them to emote some sort of expression. A few favorite emotions I try to evoke are: vacant or numb, dazed or distracted, asleep or dead, content and peaceful, strong and proud.

I search for magic light and the surreal in the mundane. I look at photography as a piece of me. Without it I would not be the same, nor would the way I look at the world or life in general. It's taught me too many things to list and is probably my best friend. I shoot exclusively with analog because I much prefer something real and tangible, to a file or a thing that gets stored in some cloud which I'm still very suspicious of. I'm intrinsically tied to the alchemy of the art and while I don't hate digital photography, for me, it is an entirely different experience.


Sarah Elise Abramson Lives and works out of San Pedro, CA. She is currently the youngest artist in residency at the renowned Angels Gate Cultural Center in her hometown. As she comes to the end of her two year residency, her accomplishments have included being featured in numerous publications such as The Huffington Post, American Fine Art Magazine, and Glamour Girl, and has exhibited work at multiple galleries and venues such as The Louvre, SOMarts in San Francisco, The Vex in East Los Angeles, The Egan Gallery in Fullerton, and The Eventi Hotel Big Screen Plaza in New York City on a 30’x16’ HD-format LED screen, and at Gallery C. Abramson completed an internship with photographer, David LaChapelle and is the creator and editor-in-chief of Slow Toast, an independent art magazine. • Instagram