Sarah Hermans’ photographs reflect the attitude of a stroller. Her images are not preconceived or constructed, but arise in brief unforeseen moments in which both subject and photographer find their place. Switching between various analog and digital formats, she documents the landscape around her. By carefully selecting and placing these images in a space, she tries to create a new photographic landscape, open for the viewer to wander around in. Within this way of working, the choice for a particular technical format plays an important role, as every technique entails a specific way of looking at and relating to the world.
Traveling plays an important part in my practice, whether it's to the mountains of Switzerland or some local street. I take pictures of things I find beautiful, things of which I feel they could also be important to others. For me, an image of a dog or an image of a glacier can be equally valuable. But what interests me most is a certain way of looking at things. I tend to avoid narrative structure, leaving space for the viewer to find his own place within the work. I want the images to be some source of wonder for the viewer in a similar way the subject spoke to me when taking the picture.
In the past year I photographed my two brothers in our father’s house, the house where we grew up. I felt the need to document this year, the struggle we’re facing, the loss, the love for my brothers. From these images I made a book titled ‘17’.