After my internship at Stephen Bulger Gallery, I’ve got to say Sarah Anne Johnson was by far one of my favourite artists we represent. Specifically I loved her Wonderlust series which challenges the psychology and physicality of intimacy. She asked around for volunteers and friends to let her into their homes and take intimate photographs of them with their partners or just alone in the nude. She challenges the idea of straight photography because photography is more than what something looks like but it captures the feeling of the moment and that’s why she retouches photographs with paint, scratches, glitter- anything that recreates the intimacy she felt during her sessions.
Something about these photographs reveal something that is more organic and intimate than a regular nude photograph even though she manipulated them with mixed media. It feels as though we are invited in the same room with the subjects and Johnson, feeling the same emotional and physical closeness as we look into the lives and relationships of the subjects. Some argue that this series transgress the boundaries between private and public realms, stating that these images are too honest and too intimate- but Johnson balances this by using soft lighting and her use of painting, drawing, and collage.