Artist Statement:

All my work is rooted in my personal biography. I have put myself in the picture, whenever I make photographs. Being home, being back in the place that meant so much to me as an adolescence. Photographing places and people that are intertwined with intimacy, nostalgia and memory.

My long term projects focus on intimacy and the stage in a lifetime, being young. Photographing young people, the same age as I was when I first came to Blackpool. My practice is research led, focusing on the complex relationship between subject photographer and audience. This has pushed me as an artist and an individual; and has led to a depth of understanding and self reflection. My approach is to engage with my subjects, collaborate with them to make pictures and present them as creatively as possible. I believe trust understanding and time are pivotal to true representation. Sometimes taking years to enable genuine connections between myself and my subjects. This illustrate the intimacy of these very human exchanges especially in these isolated times.


I started my journey in photography when I was a teenager. My relationship with my camera started as I couldn’t sing, play an instrument or skateboard so I took photographs of my friends that could. I studied art and design leading me to photography. I began working in the photographic industry firstly as a runner in a large catalogue studio, working my way up to set stylist. I did originally want to be an assistant, but this proved problematic, in a male dominated environment. My love of fashion, style and contemporary art led well to styling. I gained knowledge in room set design and set building, interior design and decorating, client liaising, production planning and budgeting.

I became a freelance stylist over ten years ago and have worked for many studios and clients all over the world.


Returning to my passion of photography when personal circumstance brought me full circle back to Blackpool, where I had first studied photography. This time round studying for my degree, I have immersed myself in photographic history and theory, reading everything I could by David Bates, Stephen Bull, Liz Wells, Susan Sontag and John Tagg to name a few, studying the intimate works of Nan Goldin, Larry Clark Sian Davey and Ryan McGinley. Always keeping abreast of new contemporary photographers winning the photographic prizes and awards. All of which gives a personal depth and authenticity to the images I make. Also gaining practical knowledge on digital cameras and computer programs, professional studio and location lighting as well as returning to my ‘happy place’ the dark room.


Exhibitions and Competitions:

Source Graduate Photography Online 2020


Graduate Show: 'Free Range Shows'


The Old Truman Brewery

91 Brick Lane



E1 6QL



Curriculum Vitae:




Sally Sharpe


Date of birth:


27th March 1974




Blackpool School of Arts.


Photography B.A.

Newcastle School of Art.


Photography Higher National Diploma.

Blackpool and Fylde College.


Photography National Diploma.


Work Experience:


Freelance, photographic, still-life and set stylist.


Scott Dawson Advertising.


Set stylist, set designer, set decorator and client liaison.


Various retail and photographic assisting jobs.


Format Photography Studios.


Runner- set stylist.





Future Aims:

I fully intend to continue my practice as a photographer exploring all the relationships within the photographic cannon.

I wish to continue my studies in the subject, working on my thesis proposal which revolves around the intimate photograph, trying to identify how photography in a digital age is becoming a measure of self worth, how performance is intrinsically linked to identity and how my generation and this one differs. Will the next generation begin to feel like they are inadequate version of their edited digital selves?

I am currently looking at Photography Master courses PHDs and teaching courses as my ultimate goal would be to work in education.

Other Future Projects:

Podcast coming soon on Arrest All Mimics.


Working with local artists at the Art B&B