Utah State Fair. by Sarah Robertson

Every time I attend a fair I get hit with a feeling of nostalgia. I think we all do. It is hard not to think back to your childhood - how the idea of going to the fair was just so exciting. It's different as an adult though. The magic isn't there instantaneously. I have to look. I have to open myself up first before I can feel the excitement on the culture I am in. But once my eyes are opened I get immersed. I find myself distracted by all the colors, the noise of the screams from the ride to my left, the sugary aroma that I breathe in deep as I walk by all the food stands. I only got to spend an afternoon at the Utah State Fair but it was worth immersing myself in that culture, even if only for a few short hours. [Shot on Portra 160 taken with a Mamiya 645]

Punchbowl Falls. by Sarah Robertson

Punchbowl Falls is one of my favorite hikes in the Columbia River Gorge. Not only does it have a gorgeous waterfall at the end but the hike is this beautiful trail covered with all sorts of lush greenery. It is also a relatively short hike, round trip is just a little under four miles. This is one of the quintessential Gorge hikes and I would highly recommend it.  [Shot on Portra 400 taken with a Mamiya 645]

Utah Lake. by Sarah Robertson

Utah Lake is a fresh water lake nestled right next to the Provo area in Utah. After all my years in that part of Utah I still have yet to swim in the lake.  It seems that Utah Lake has always been a destination in my mind. It is a place where we are running to, biking to, or passing as we head somewhere else. I thought it was time to spent some time at the lake and make some photographs.  [Shot on BW400CN taken with a Canon AE-1]

Mariposa Grove. by Sarah Robertson

Growing up in Oregon means that I'm quite the tree hugger. Some of my favorite subject matter is trees. Mariposa is a bit of a mecca for people like me. Mariposa Grove is in the most southern part of Yosemite National Park. It is famous for its' Giant Sequoias and the ever large Grizzly Giant. I was totally in awe of these trees. They are so majestic and grand. It is a humbling experience to stand next to something like that and realize that your existence is just a blink of an eye compared to the time these trees have been around. [Shot on TriX 400 taken with a Mamiya 645]

Echo, Utah. by Sarah Robertson

Finding Echo was pure luck. I decided I wanted to shoot somewhere I’ve never been before so I tried googling best places to photograph in Utah. After that failed attempt I got on google maps, zoomed into Utah, and started looking for towns with interesting names. I scrolled past Echo and thought that could work. 

On a quiet Sunday afternoon, a few days later, a good friend and I set off on a photo adventure. Echo was eerily quiet. I would classify it as a semi ghost town. The only human interaction I had was when big pickup trucks full of questionable looking men would slowly drive by and give us the stare down. Despite being slightly terrified, Echo was a success. I enjoy shooting towns like Echo because I’m able to document a piece of history that been worn down with time. To me, it’s very nostalgic [Shot on Portra 160 taken with a Mamiya 645]


Pride Festival. by Sarah Robertson

Back in June I went to the SLC Pride Festival and took the opportunity to document the experience. It has been a long time since I have had a chance to do any street photography and it was surprisingly fun. Usually I am so full of dread when I shoot on the streets - I'm convinced someone will yell at me and threaten to destroy my camera.  But everyone was so friendly and willing to let me take their picture. Let me tell you - that almost never happens. It really spoke to the essence of what the Pride Festival is - people were open and proud of what they were doing, what they were in part of. It was a refreshing crowd to be around. [Shot on Portra 160 taken with a Canon AE-1]

The Entrance Ocean Baths. by Sarah Robertson

My grandmother was an Aussie and she had a pretty tough go growing up in Australia. She ended up immigrating to the US in her early adulthood where she died when I was pretty young, I believe I was 10. Right before she died she told me three things - grow up to be a good kid, do your family history, and that she was sorry we didn't get the chance to visit Australia together. Visiting Australia last year was a dream. These images were taken at The Entrance, a little town right on the water. These "ocean baths" are quite unique to Australia. Essentially, they are salt water pools that are naturally filled by the ocean. I loved the crash of the waves in the background that paired so nicely with the click of my shutter. Being there, thinking about my grandmother, as a young girl swimming in a pool just like this one was a special experience.  [Shot on TriX 400 taken with a Canon AE-1]


Fisherman's Wharf. by Sarah Robertson

Fisherman's Wharf is a huge tourist attraction. Sure it's over run with people, and it's way too commercialized. But still, I would argue it's worth a visit. Some may call it a tourist trap, but I think the masses of people just sort of add to the charm. I enjoy the crowd. I think the masses bring a necessary energy to this place. It's full of crappy souvenirs and more often than not, a seagull is trying and steal a bite your bread bowl (or poop on you - trust me, it's happened).  [Shot on Portra 400 taken with a Mamiya 645]