Five Alive is where we ask creative people we admire five questions about their practice. Today we are featuring Sarah Anne Ward, a New York based photographer specializing in food/drinks, soft goods and product photography. She studied at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and operates from her studio in midtown Manhattan.
What is your favorite art making tool?
Photography and any sort of light manipulation is my favorite art making tool for the time being. I always experiment with other mediums but just keep going back to photography and image making. I also love collaborating with other artists in other mediums with photography. I recently did a photography/illustration collaboration with food. Collaborating is one of my favorite parts of making art and exploring new ideas.
What music/band/artist are you listening to the most right now?
Right now I am listening to Jus Post Bellum, a local Brooklyn Band that is inspired by the civil war and American History. They are a little undiscovered at the moment but very beautiful and meaningful music. They are wonderful live and you can catch them at various venues around the city.
Where do you go for peace and quiet?
My favorite place for peace and quiet is the little window corner next to my bed in my cozy apartment on the Upper West Side. With all the noise outside I am so surprised how quiet it can be. I spend every morning waking up gradually with my coffee. Having a a place of solitude is very important to the creative process.
Where is your next dream travel destination?
I do not necessarily have a dream travel destination but travel is always on my mind and very important to my lifestyle and work as an artist – always wanting to experience new ways of living, eating and experiencing life. And I find the best way to do that is to travel more as a local. I usually take the B&B route to traveling or go with friends that are native/familiar to the country/city. But next on the list is Isreal and Germany.
Is there a color or palette that you are drawn to?
There is not a specific color palette I am drawn to; it usually changes with the seasons, after traveling, and experiencing new terrains and sunsets. Seeing colors in a natural environment, whether it be a sunset or just the contrast of when sky meets land or water is very inspiring to me, and I try to bring that into my work.