Shooting Star

Photographer Sarah Wilson on basketball phenom Brooklyn Pope, whom she shot for this month’s issue.

texasmonthly.com: How did you end up becoming a photographer? Was it hard to break into the industry?

Sarah Wilson: I have always been interested in art, but it wasn’t until I took a summer photography class when I was fourteen that I really became interested in photography specifically. I went on to major in photo at New York University, and after graduation, I assisted several photographers to learn more about the craft and the industry. The lessons I’ve learned from these professional relationships have been invaluable and have given me a head start in my professional career.

Breaking into the industry has been difficult—it’s a never-ending process. You’ve got to have a hard shell.

texasmonthly.com: Do you have a signature style?

SW: I would consider my style to be a mixture of formal environmental portraiture and photojournalism.

texasmonthly.com: What are your favorite things to photograph? Why?

SW: I like to photograph people even though portraiture is, for myself, the most challenging form of photography. It sometimes takes a lot of guts to walk up to a total stranger and ask him to open up to you. I guess I am just curious about people, and I want to know more about them. When I take someone’s portrait, I feel that I am honoring him and calling attention to his distinctive qualities.

texasmonthly.com: How did you end up taking the pictures of Brooklyn Pope for the June issue of Texas Monthly ?

SW: I knew that I was going to be in Austin for a couple of weeks, so I called [photography editor] Leslie Baldwin and [creative director] Scott Dadich in the art department and told them I was going to be in town. They called back and said they had found an assignment for me

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