10 minutes with Sarah Wilmer
Who were some of the first photographers that inspired you?
The first photographers I learned about and were inspired by, were the Surrealists, Edward Steichen, Julia Margaret Cameron, Diane Arbus, Cindy Sherman, Ralph Eugene Meatyard, my teachers and my friends.
Can you tell me a little bit about your project, The Small Hours? The images have a sort of dream-like quality to them, what was your inspiration and how much time did you spend on that series?
I spent five years working on the photographs that make up The Small Hours.
The inspiration came from creatures, people, travel, time and places as well as certain feelings I was experiencing and ideas I was thinking about.
If you could go back ten years, what advice would you give yourself?
A smooth sea never made a skillful mariner
Worry gives a small thing a big shadow
It is difficult to catch a black cat in a dark room, especially when it is not there
The person who doesn’t scatter the morning dew will not comb gray hairs
Do not put your spoon into the pot which does not boil for you
If you run after two hares, you will catch neither
The morning hour has gold in its mouth
Those who dislike cats will be carried to the cemetery in the rain
(Sarah is based in New York. See more of her work, here)