Rahshia Sawyer 2020

Rahshia Sawyer is a creative professional based in the Washington DC area.


She teaches undergraduate and graduate students the nuances of photography at George Mason University.  The Head of Privacy and Data Ethics Design at Capital Onee, she focuses on the intersection of humanity and data privacy. As an internationally recognized photographer, she is active in the art world, presenting her work on resilience, where she examines the balanced (or imbalanced) relationship between beauty and chaos.


We Are Not Made Of Wood



About This Project

The form is neither rising or falling but is awkwardly in-between. Imbued with experiences of losing control, creating parallels between themes of fragility and confidence. This series is an attempt to capture the strength it takes to be helpless and out of control. Their circumstance often overshadows the tenacity of one’s will. The photographs stylistically pull from master post-impressionist painters. The soft-focus underscores the abstract quality relying on movement and form, similar to Vincent Van Gogh’s paintings. His paintings were not only about the subject but, more importantly, the mood he was looking to create.



The series was awarded the Contemporary Talent 2012, Photography Category by the François Schneider Foundation.