Review - Sally Sallett "Never underestimate an old woman with a camera", 03 Aug 2020

A review by Janine Scola - Sally Sallett, ARPS AFIAP CPAGB BPE3 “Never underestimate an old woman with a camera”, 03 August 2020
Well, we certainly enjoyed all the fun of the fair and what a roller-coaster ride of all that photography can offer in one evening!

Sally Sallett - aka Sally Pineapple (more of that later) did not disappoint in her talk for a completely different evening, covering her style of photography and some of the post processing techniques she uses.

Her opening gambit introduced us to photographs of her family, past and present, and like many of us, how the old faithful Box Brownie set her off on her photographic journey. Starting out with a film Olympus, through to Canon digital cameras, until the weight of the Canon 7D got the better of her, and her return to the lighter new Olympus Mark III.

Tenacious and competitive, she joined the mainly male dominated Wakefield Camera Club local to her in Yorkshire, where in 2011, she entered her first serious print competition and gained second place, and the real start of her ‘journey’ and her foray into the various genres of photography.

Through the club she dabbled with portraiture; from there she moved on to travel – and here we were taken on a photographic guided tour of some of the most iconic statues and installations of the North, as seen by Sally. One such destination was the Pineapple House in Scotland, and, so we come to pineapples – Sally is a collector – and in her words, some tasteful, others not quite so much!

Such travels turned her eye to Street photography, with a particular penchant for people sitting on benches and the interaction between them and the lens of Sally’s camera; graffiti which can abound on the walls of buildings and tunnels, also caught her imagination in their graphic detail, captured in her new found interest of using a fish-eye lens, giving a different perspective of the normal view.

From the static to the fast moving, Sally turned her attention to things that had a lot of movement; this included going greyhound racing and city centre cycle races where she discovered that if it moves uphill or on the bends this gave her the best shots – it also brought her a bit too close to the action! This also encouraged her to get close to the action of horse racing, where the reverse formula was used, and she got down low for the best shots.

Calming things down, Sally will be the first to admit she has little patience when it comes to wildlife and ‘waiting for that shot’, but with lockdown now the order of the day, she tried her hand at macro photography – or little critters! For someone with little patience she showed wonderful images of butterflies and ‘things that fly’ in all their glory.

Of course, Sally is renowned for her photographs of flowers – living and dead! Their composition and the textures she applies, taking the image to the next level. Her artistic approach to her Festival of Flowers gained her an ARPS award and deservedly so. She has experimented with ‘bubbles’ and dispersion brushes bringing to life her images in a wholly thought provoking way, especially her image of her daughter in full PPE kit at the height of the pandemic, which brought her further recognition.

And, finally, on to the ‘weird and wonderful’ of Sally’s images. From the false teeth in a glass with a slice of lemon, to giraffes passing the time of day in Hebden Bridge and the rear of a huge stone rabbit with an equally large human bottom!

The evening showcased a whole plethora of images, covering all the genres of photography from a very accomplished photographer with her own inimitable style, each portraying their own story.

A true journey indeed, from the ‘happy snapper’ to an award winner, with a great sense of humour along the way.

~ Janine Scola