Sally Hedges Greenwood has been taking photographs since the early 1960s, when she was just 5 or 6 years old– a passion that she started to question when she was about 40 years old. ‘I began to realise that my experiences as a survivor of child abuse had shaped the way, why and what I photographed. By the time I was a busy working mum, running an exhibition company, I was still literally living ‘With Photography’ just as I always had.’
Once she was able to Sally returned to university and in her final year Sally wrote her dissertation. ‘The Power in Photography’ explored why other photographers took the photographs that they did. ‘It was a revelation to see that other people used the medium in many ways that were not unknown to me.’
‘It was not until 2008 that I started to write about my own life experiences and explorations. I included them in my first book.’ ‘With Photography® – not just an Autobiography’ is the completely unabridged Limited Edition, published in 2014 following a successful Kickstarter.com campaign.
‘Making Connections With Photography®’ – the in depth study of the various techniques Sally used herself and the stages that she went through was published in October 2016.
Both are fully illustrated in colour and black and white.
SAbstract Ltd, was launched in 2011 to facilitate the research and publication of those and subsequent books, although Sally also sometimes undertakes typesetting and proofreading work for people if the cause fits in with my own beliefs.
Sally is now in her 60s – and her drive and enthusiasm to get out there and photograph, then reproduce and publish the stories that she wants to tell has yet to slow up. She recognises that there’s not too much time to waste.
Currently working on various projects in the ‘With Photography®’ series of books, Sally is also preparing the dissertation for publication. ‘The Power In Photography’, written in 2005 is the reason that I wrote my first book which then, in itself, led to the series. It has a value in that it not only opens people’s eyes to ask themselves the question – I wonder why the photographer took that photograph? – it also gives some of the answers.’
Primarily Sally is a documentary photography, showcasing the ‘stories’, including her own that she now has the courage to share.
On a practical level, ‘It wouldn’t have been possible before this digital age -an era that facilitates just about everything I do’, she explains.
- ‘There are now cameras that enable switching quickly from one challenging situation to another without having to change films, camera backs or lenses;
- A digital lightroom has replaced the darkroom which, although I have to admit I miss it sometimes, allows me to produce my work quickly and efficiently;
- Computers and the internet offer creative methods and practical solutions, quickly;
- Social media sites facilitate the sharing of ideas and methods, enabling interaction with people all over the world and the solving of challenges as soon as they appear;
- Sites like ‘People Per Hour’ showcase those with the skills that I need for a specific task – I certainly couldn’t afford the luxury of permanent staff.
- Lastly, although the list is not exhaustive, with today’s publishing methods I can access the best and most cost-effective ways to create e-books and print books in both full colour and black and white.’