A beautiful, brunette woman is holding her face in both of her hands, her head turned away from the camera. “Fuck! I fell in love, how did this happen? He looked at me in French. I thought that kiss meant we were going to be lovers” Two pictures later, she is laying on her bed sideways, looking into the camera. “But I look at him, he looks out the window.”

 

The scenario is taken from Sarah Bahbah´s photo series “I love you, me neither“. In her pictures, the Palestine-born, LA-based artist portrays intimate moments of romance, lust and heartbreak and combines modern melancholy with blank, explicit directness.

 

 

Through subtitles, she is often adding narratives to her images and gives the impression as if they were taken out of an Art House movie. Her cinematic, partly provocative style is influenced by classics like No Country For Old Men and The Big Lebowsky.

 

 

The success of her series “Sex And Takeout“ led to her viral breakthrough in 2014. “You’ve probably seen my work on someone else’s account,” reads her Instagram bio. Her account is one of the most shared and has more than 420K Followers so far. Sarah has shot renowned personalities such as Dylan Sprouse, Sonia Ben Ammar and Adesuwa Aighewi. Her work has been featured in magazines like Cosmopolitan and Glamour and was displayed at Art Basel Miami and Scope, among others.

 

 

In an interview with Forbes, she states that the dialogues for her pictures is usually written after having intense conversations with significant connections.

Sarah uses her work to express her feelings and empower others. “My art is my way of expressing the emotions I suppress on a daily basis. When I can express myself, I am healing.”

 

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Pictures taken from Sarah Bahbah’s Website