Seamstress’s perfect cut

Sally Sallett's photo panel for the RPS
Sally Sallett's photo panel for the RPS

A Pontefract seamstress who took up photography as a hobby has just scooped a major accolade.

Sally Sallett, who runs The Fashion Workroom on Gillygate, has been made an associate member of the Royal Photographic Society (RPS) after submitting a series of floral shots.

The judges were so impressed by the Wakefield Camera Club member’s panel of 15 photographs that they have retained them to demonstrate “distinctions success” in promoting RPS activities.

The grandmother-of-four, said: “I had to present a panel of 15 images, the flowers in small vases, to a panel of four judges from the RPS at their headquarters in Bath.

I entered in the creative category as the images are not ‘straight’ photos but contain various textures and overlays. All aspects of the images were scrutinised, print quality, content, technical expertise and originality. I’m proud of the achievement and grateful to my husband Peter and colleagues from Wakefield Camera Club for their support and advice.”

Mrs Sallett, 66, has always enjoyed taking photos but has been a serious enthusiast for about six years.

Her hobby developed after a chance encounter while shopping. She said: “I only popped into The Ridings in Wakefield for something from TK Maxx. On the way out I noticed Wakefield Camera Club had an exhibition and I stopped to have a look. John Bickerdike, ARPS DPAGB, chatted to me and invited me along to the club. The first time I attended was nearly the last, all old men with beards and long lenses. But I persevered and since then, as the club’s first woman president, I’ve tried to encourage more younger members and more women too.”

The club is hosting the Yorkshire Photographic Union’s (YPU) week-long exhibition at Wakefield Town Hall from Saturday and Mrs Sallett hopes to have some pictures there.

A club spokesman said: “We are hosting the YPU’s annual event in recognition of our 125 years of photo activities. This is an opportunity to see some 200 prints and 200 projected images from the “creme de la creme” of Yorkshire’s photographers.”

To see more of Mrs Sallett’s pictures see