PhotographerRahshia Sawyer
PrizeHonorable Mention
City/Countrysterling, United States
Photo Date7/2017
Technical InfoDigital underwater photography
Entry Description

As we navigate our life, ones' wellbeing is in a constant state of change. We can be well one moment and unwell the next, and for some this state of transition is constantly moving, while we pretend to maintain our wholeness. Yet we suppress being unwell, less than, different, or, broken. Instinctively we know that this is something to covet. This work signifies the constant change with our emotional and physical wellbeing. Each composition is selected to show both sides, representing the ever changing state we live in — an experience we all share.

About Photographer

Rahshia Sawyer is a conceptual photographer based in the Washington DC area. She was the 2012 recipient of the Contemporary Talents award from France’s François Schneider Foundation. Exhibited in the 2012 Inaugural Dublin Biennial, her photographs and installations have been included in numerous group shows in Canada, England, France, Ireland, Spain, and United States. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Foundation François Schneider, and Radford University Museum. More recently she was a 2015 Trawick semi-finalist, a 2015 Finalist in the 8th edition of the Julia Margaret Cameron Award, and received honorable mention at the 2015 Fine Art Photography Awards. She received her MFA from George Mason University in Virginia, and her BFA at the Corcoran College of Art & Design in Washington DC. Her current projects examine relationships between beauty and humanity and its balanced (or imbalanced) interaction between reality and fantasy.