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Sarah Elise Abramson

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Torrance, CA

Birth year

Lives in
San Pedro

Works in
San Pedro/Los Angeles


Brooks Institute of Photography, 2005

photo, street, photography, traditional, surrealism, conceptual, figurative, abstract, film, contemporary, contemporary-art, polaroid photography, 35mm photography

Artist Bio

   This series is called "Playing With Magic".  My intentions are to showcase the pure magic of film as well as the magic that exists all around us.  Secondly, it is about the forgotten.  Film is becoming something of the past.  Magic is always there but also becomes something of the past as each year creeps by and we descend further and further into adulthood.

  Magic, the supernatural, and miracles are anything you want them to be.  Abandoning logic momentarily and letting your imagination go; paying attention to the whispers and the way the light spreads across a textured surface.  Everyone holds within them the ability to lift the veil between what is real and what is not.  As children we do it constantly.  As we age this seems to become exceedingly harder.  Magic is described as being an attempt to preceive and impact the world using emblems, language and movement.  To me, this accurately describes photography. Furthermore, what are photographs if not illusions created by light?  

   We all know that film is on it's way to becoming obsolete. I can remember the days of developing my own film. Then working with the enlarger to burn and dodge, it felt like I was painting with light.  Then placing that piece of freshly exposed photo paper into the developer and watching; waiting for the darkest blacks to appear first, then everything else fills in and you're suddenly standing over this image that you created with your own two hands.  Film has a way of surprising you.  It can pick up on things that sometimes we can not.  Who is to say whether or not that glowing orb is a light leak or something more mysterious.  

"Playing With Magic" is my way of preserving both the magic in everyday life and irreplaceable enchantment of film.  Both often forgotten, both taken for granted, both with a multitude of potential. "And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places.  Those who don't believe in magic will never find it." - Roald Dahl



Recent Exhibits

Sarah Elise Abramson participated in these exhibits:

May, 2014 Recon"Figured"
The Egan Gallery
Exhibited with these artists
Sarah Elise Abramson has Exhibited with these artists:

Shay Bredimus Ken Garduno
Barbara Milliorn Joram Roukes
and Suzanne Walsh
Exhibited at these venues
Sarah Elise Abramson has Exhibited at these venues:

The Egan Gallery
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