Local Photographer Discovers Mysterious Worlds at Dusk

“Untitled” by Sarah Minier will be on display at Jacoby during Phantasmagoria Art Show Oct. 26-Nov. 2.  Photo courtesy of Sarah Minier

“Untitled” by Sarah Minier will be on display at Jacoby during Phantasmagoria Art Show Oct. 26-Nov. 2.
Photo courtesy of Sarah Minier

SIUE full-time student and photography business owner Sarah Minier will feature her mysterious nature photography during Phantasmagoria at Jacoby Oct. 26-Nov. 2. Both pieces were taken at dusk to explore the paint-like qualities the light produces at that time, providing an other-worldly tone. Check out her work during the opening ceremony Oct. 26 from 7 to 11 p.m. at Jacoby.

How long have you been doing photography?

I have been a legit photographer for about 5 years now. I have always been fascinated by cameras, but it wasn't until my senior year of high school that I saved up and bought my very own DSLR camera. Ever since then, I have been on this incredible, never-ending journey of learning how to use it in new ways.

Are you a big spooky fan or not spooky at all?

I am a BIG fan of all things spooky. Name any Tim Burton movie and I've probably seen it at least 50 times. (Or more. Actually, probably more.) I love thriller and horror films. However, I will say that I am not at all a fan of slasher movies or other spooky films that rely too much on gore and lack a good storyline and character development. Just not my cup of tea.

Tell me a little bit about the process of taking these two photos.

“Untitled” will be on display at Jacoby.  Photo courtesy of Sarah Minier

“Untitled” will be on display at Jacoby.
Photo courtesy of Sarah Minier

Both of these photographs were taken at dusk. The many people who follow my photography on social media might think that the golden hour is my favorite time to shoot. Although I do love golden light, outside of my more commercial portraits I love to explore the painter-like qualities the light at dusk provides in my more personal/conceptual work. I find dusk light provides an almost other-worldly quality, and I love to paint my photos with it.

What's your favorite aspect of taking photos?

Photography is an escape for me. It allows me to take reality and paint an image with just a lens and some light. Photography allows me to zone in on the intricate details and tell a different narrative.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I am a full-time student in my last year at SIUE. I also intern for the Gateway Arch's Marketing and Communications department, where I provide photography and graphic design services. When I am not at school or work, I run a small photography business as a side hustle (Sarah Minier Photography). On the rare occasion that I have some free time on my hands, I love to seek out live music for dancing, travel, play my baby grand piano, take my sweet fur-baby for hikes and make spoon rings and other jewelry!