Hi! I'm Sarah, a photojournalist and occasional event photographer currently based in Athens, OH, where I'm pursuing a masters degree in photojournalism at the School of Visual Communication at Ohio University. I am currently the Photojournalism Fellow for The Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs. My projected graduation date is Spring 2014.
I hold a BA in Visual Arts/Photography from Fordham University - Lincoln Center in New York City. I've also studied photography at Griffith University's Queensland College of Art, in Brisbane, Australia.
In the summer of 2013 I worked in the Dominican Republic as a Photographer Guide for Rustic Pathways, a youth travel company.
[PHOTO CREDIT: Bernadette Tilotta, my mother and inspiration]
Before moving to Athens for graduate school I lived in Chicago for three years, splitting my time between event photography and community photojournalism for Brown Line Media. I was actively involved with exhibitions and homelessness outreach at the Chicago Photography Center.
My early professional experiences include interning at Pace MacGill gallery (NYC), working as a professional photo lab and darkroom technician (Baltimore & NYC), executive assistant at ALM, a legal media publishing company (NYC), college English professor at Guangzhou University in China, and volunteer with the micro-financing NGO, Fonkoze in Haiti.
I love to travel and have ventured around the world to Australia, Belize, Cambodia, Canada, China, Dominican Republic, France, Haiti, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, St. Lucia, Thailand, and the UK. I love studying languages and can at least say "hello", "thank you" and "cheers!" in Mandarin, Cantonese, Spanish, Italian, French, and Creole. My Spanish is the most passable.
Partly due to my own wanderlust nature, I'm particularly interested in telling visual stories around migration and sense of place: why people move and how they end up where they do; the process of integrating into a new community and establishing a home; the conflicts that can arise between new and old residents of a place. I've pursued these themes in several domestic and international projects, including "The Ones Who Stayed", "Dominican Bateyes", and a work in progress on the changing demographics of post-Katrina New Orleans.
When I'm not traveling, shooting, or studying languages I enjoy proving that biking is the best means of urban commuting, yoga is the answer to most of life's balancing acts, and spending lazy Sundays with my badass rock-climbing scientist fiancé, Peter, is crucial to my happiness.