New York based photographer, Sabine Ostinvil, weaves her love for storytelling and photography through the intimate images she makes of her two younger brothers. She and her mother emigrated from Haïti to the United States in 2005 and made their home in Philadelphia, PA. Now a young adult, Sabine lives in New York City where she studies Visual Arts at Columbia University.
Ostinvil spent her high school years honing her craft in the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center’s Teen Photo program, which lent cameras to the students for the entire academic year. She used this opportunity to photograph friends and loved ones and found herself extensively photographing her brothers. Her work was featured in the annual Teen Photo exhibition throughout her years in the program.
Ostinvil often finds herself reflecting on her struggle to preserve childhood memories while trying to assimilate to American culture. Her work has evolved from simple portraiture to images that demonstrate a private relationship between photographer and subject in an attempt to slow down time. As her brothers grow up before her eyes, she seeks to hold on to future memories, using her camera as a means to preserve moments of connection, intimacy, and joy.