During the time that I have worked in the interiors profession, I have met all manner of people who ply their artistic trade, services and products, touching the various genres of design.
Meet Sally Wellbeloved (what a generous name) who came across our path during the course of last year. I am so impressed with her style of work as well as her philosophy of life. She is such an energetic person and such a pleasure to be around, that we thought we would share our experience of Sally with you, via a Q & A time, as well as opening some of the pages of her portfolio with you.
I urge you to pay particular attention to her ’abstract’ images. They are seriously mind-boggling. I have no idea how she achieves that effect, but it works for me. It has once again ignited a flame of interest in the abstract works.
Q: How did you get into photography?
A: I’d always loved photography as a child, and it then became a ‘buried passion’ as I grew up and got busy with other things. When I was in my late 20’s I re-ignited my passion for photography and after won a camera in a competition I began to take it seriously and soon after that I left the corporate world and worked with an aerial photographer where I learned the ropes, and then I took the bold step to launch my own photography business!
Q: Do you have a particular style and if so could you describe it?
A: I do have a style with my artistic photographic works – I love to take natural scenes and work them into muted colour tones, it creates a slightly dreamy and surreal feeling which I just love. When it comes to my commercial shooting, I keep my images bold, crisp and clean.
Q: What sort of services do you offer?
A: Currently I am offering a fairly wide range of photographic services. I specialise in buildings and interiors, doing work mostly for architects, interior decorators, property developers and real estate agencies. In addition I do portraits and product work in studio which I enjoy, as well as events, weddings and documentary projects which can be very challenging but a great way to stretch and grow my skill-set!
A: Buildings, animals and landscapes
Q: What inspires you?
A: Tough question as there is so much out there that inspiring, there are so many talented photographers in South Africa at the moment! I draw a lot from other artistic landscape and wildlife photographers like Lambro and Caroline Gibello….
A: My philosophy is simple – life is here for us to enjoy. We spend so much time worrying and stressing, and what we need to do, as much as we can, is to release that – stop trying to control what we cannot ever control and spend more time in trust, faith and joy. Life is a celebration, each and every moment of it, when you allow yourself to truly enjoy who you are and what is possible!
Q: What is next to your bedside pedestal at the moment?
A: A large assorted pile of books!
Q: Could you share your Secret Indulgence with us?
A: Raw chocolate and buckwheaties…. guilt free and delicious!!
A: I intend to have a fine art and canvas printing shop in the Southern Suburbs with staff so that I can free up my time to travel and focus more on artistic photography, as well as giving talks to inspire and empower women and teenagers – if I can do it, then anybody can!
Find Sally’s website: here. You can also check her out on CynaminArt – she offers a wide variety of services including canvas printing (the facility to have one’s own photos printed unto canvas is quite useful); framing; and a collection of fine artists’ and photographers’ work can also be purchased through CynaminArt.