Sarah Wilmer‘s photographs from ‘I Will Find You On The Beach’ emerge from a dream, are rooted in a surrealist aesthetic that take us on a trip through images that on the surface have no relationship with each other but on reflection create an narrative arc within our own forest of imagination.
They are dark, brooding and magical, they take us to a world that is tempestuous, the physical expressing the emotional, the dark clouds and storms of our subconscious, our inner lives, taking control of our reality. The dream seeping into our wakefulness. In these pictures Wilmer asks us questions of our own reality and, like the Surrealists of the 20th Century, she attempts to provoke us into making new connections that resonate in our everyday mundanity.
The colour, light and compositions of these pictures are cinematic, painterly even, offer us a still from an ongoing story. We are asked to invest our own character and drama into the frame, keep the image moving, create a myth, a parable that makes sense to us alone.
There are no suggestive elements in these photographs. Rather, Wilmer prefers to offer us situations that are open to interpretation, our desires and fears, needs and loves transposed onto unknown people who stand against the unrelenting power of the elements by the the sea, on the beach, the cliffs.
What is extraordinary about this series is that the images are very different, grouped into very specific genres and styles; portraiture and landscape, black and white, all connected by a simple statement of fact. A premise. An absolute. The title suggests a journey, a trip, a departure, a intimate gesture between two people. Whether the images relate to this voice or are simply a device to open up our eyes to an alternative universe we can never know. For me, personally, it suggests a memory of time past, of things lost but remembered. A precious love that was once shared but now is locked away in the minds eye.
Wilmer makes extraordinary pictures and in many ways these images are the least surreal. They are simply the most recent. I strongly suggest you delve further into her vivid imagination.