Sara Rawlinson
Member image


Flora Series

Examining emotion and simplicity within the botanical world.

Library Series

My large photographic study of Cambridge College libraries aims to honour features that enable the dissemination and preservation of knowledge by highlighting the aesthetic environment in which books and documents are displayed and preserved. Ultimately, I aim to create a large monograph showcasing one library from each of the 31 Cambridge Colleges. Thus far, the following Colleges are included: Christ's, Churchill, Clare, Corpus Christi, Darwin, Emmanuel, Gonville & Caius, Homerton, Hughes Hall, Jesus, King's, Magdalene, Murray Edwards, Pembroke, Peterhouse, Queens', St Catharine's, St John's, and Trinity.

My Events

Pop-Up Exhibition: Illuminating Cambridge Libraries
Repeats every day until Sun Feb 17 2019.
11 Feb 2019 - 10:30 to 18:00
Illuminating Cambridge Libraries’ visits the Heong Gallery! Photographer Sara Rawlinson presents the latest installment of her photographic series, exhibiting images from more than 24 College libraries. On display from 11-17 February 2019, 10:30am-6pm each day; private view Mon 11 Feb 6:30-8:30pm.
Pop-Up Exhibition: Illuminating Cambridge Libraries
Mill Road Winter Fair
1 Dec 2018 - 10:30 to 16:30
Come see the first set of prints from my new series: 'the Hidden Delights of King's College Chapel'. Prints from this and from the 'Illuminating Cambridge Libraries' series will be for sale and available to order in time for Christmas delivery. Find me inside the main tent on Petersfield, at the corner of East Road and Mill Rd. Hope to see you!
Mill Road Winter Fair

July Open Studios

Cambridge Open Studios 2021
Cambridge Open Studios 2021
Fine art photographs and photobooks of Cambridge college libraries, King's College Chapel, boathouses, and botanical details.
  • Commissions Taken
  • Visitors All Year
  • Tuition Given

Sara fully produces each image all the way from concept, to shooting, through to printing. Before coming to Cambridge at the end of 2016, Sara spent a lot of time traveling and living in the wide world. Please visit her website for many more images.


: Visitors are lured to King’s College Chapel by its grandiosity, its construction history spanning three kings, its enormous fan vaulted ceiling and expansive display of stained glass, and by its famed choristers. I too was originally lured by the same and have since witnessed that its reputation for magnificence is clearly justified. For eight months, I photographed the chapel from a multitude of angles. The most delightful discovery was that I found a great sense of intimacy within its vastness. I wish I could share my sense of enchantment when watching colors from the stained glass dance across the marble floor; when letting my fingers meditate on the curve of the oak armrest; when discovering decorations in the stonework hiding in plain sight. How I wish I could convey the thrill of catching the sun red-handed peeking between the organ pipes; the dizzying effect of swapping camera lenses atop the cherry picker whilst looking down on the angels; my happiness in creating new art from historical significance. With this photography series, I present my discovery of meditation and intimacy within this living, breathing monumental sacred site.

: Libraries are rooted in my mind as the perfect location for escapism and amusement within a calm and tranquil environment. My weekly visits to the library as a child, borrowing eight books at a time, created a sense of devotion so strong that I often today refer to libraries as 'houses of the holy'. Now grown up (mostly!), I turn to a photographic study of libraries to honour these memories and also to honour the many librarians in my family. My large photographic study of these Cambridge College libraries aims to honour features that enable this dissemination and preservation of knowledge by highlighting the aesthetic environment in which such books and documents are displayed and preserved. Rather than focusing on the knowledge contained within the volumes, I illuminate the aesthetic environment in which such books and documents are displayed and preserved.

: I like to investigate the emotion and simplicity in the botanical world in a monochromatic textural macro style.