Sarah Rice

What We Need Is Here
Location: Portland, Maine
Nationality: USA
Biography:     Sarah Rice is a documentary photographer interested in exploring the elements that bind human beings to one another. Some of her work focuses on communities of individuals content to live apart from mainstream society; the choices... read on
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What We Need Is Here
Credits: sarah rice
Updated: 03/21/17

This work is called What We Need Is Here.  The title comes from a Wendell Berry poem, who I read a lot of when I'm in Virginia.  We’re all there to see what happens when constraints are lifted, and we can really expand some part of ourselves.  Whether that part is photography, or farming, anarchy, or independence. 

The commune members tell me these photographs capture what it feels like to live there, and that is the goal. With all of my work I try to build a bridge to create connection between the subject and viewer, all while documenting connection.  My hope is that if I can make you feel what the communards feel, even for a second, you’ll be a little closer to someone you perhaps thought you had nothing in common with.  

And so I continue go go back and make pictures.  After six years some there are just opening up to me, and intimate photos that I couldn’t have made even two years ago are now possible.  In that time who knows what will happen with the political situation in this country, but I have a feeling a lot more disillusioned youth will be looking for other models of living, which this commune happily provides.  


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Eel Trafficking

By Sarah Rice / Ellsworth, Maine, USA — Inside the multi-million dollar world of eel trafficking in Maine, for National Geographic:  Glass eels..

Big Sur, 'The Island', cut off from traffic by landslides

By Sarah Rice / Big Sur, California — Heavy rains this winter caused massive landslides in Big Sur, California, a picturesque tourist destination..

Smart Guns for the Center for Investigative Reporting

By Sarah Rice / Santa Cruz, California

Sex Trafficking in the Weed Industry, for the Center for Investigative Reporting/Reveal

By Sarah Rice / Garberville, California — Sex trafficking and abuse in the secretive marijuana industry.

Backstory of a tragedy

By Sarah Rice — A young couple moved from Houlton, Maine, to New York city with hopes of starting fresh.  They wound up..

When a Whale Dies

By Sarah Rice / Stinson Beach and Pacifica California — It is a fact of nature that everything dies.  When a whale dies, in most cases, there is no one around..

Mama Hope

By Sarah Rice / Chiga, Kenya — The 10,000 inhabitants of Chiga Village in Kenya were getting their water from a polluted river when I..
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