I am Sally Coggle, I live in Melbourne, Australia. My photographic journey began in school, it was perhaps the first thing that ignited something deep inside of me. At the time I don’t think I really understood that it would become a part of my world forever in some way. But this is where it stopped for a long time, as I perused a career in advertising as a Designer and Art Director. I have had an amazing career, working with many talented commercial photographers and film makers. But inside, I wanted to be the person taking the photographs. So about ten years ago, I decided to stop working for a bit to concentrate on exploring my photography.
I think of myself as a photographer, as I shoot all different things; albeit my work is centred round the streets we live in. I’m a storyteller. Every picture captures a moment in time and alludes to a bigger journey. With an ethos of honesty, I try to capture tender moments and offer a window to the other’s world, capturing the little things that reveal the fragility of the human condition. These unexpected moments of intimacy, quiet reflection, laughter, dancing and spontaneity – are offered up with care and a sense of compassion.
My mind jumps around a lot, moving from one scene to the next. So, I find having different projects on the go at the same time valuable. I go where my heart and eyes lead me. I like my shots to trigger curiosity, tell a story or spark an emotional reaction.
Every opportunity I get. I try to always have my camera with me, just in case. I aim to get out a couple of times a week for dedicated shooting time, I’d like this to be a greater proportion of my week, but life sometimes gets in the way. I also love to travel so I try to put a photographic adventure in my calendar every year.
Anywhere… I can always disappear into the streets and my inner world wherever I am. I notice things in the most mundane places, that I’m attracted to. Many people would just walk past but my curious and optimistic mind see’s potential everywhere.
I’ve always seen the world in pictures, every conversation I have seems to be remembered by a series of frozen moments in my mind, I can remember the smallest of details about occasions, what someone was wearing, what they ate, how they moved their hand to tell a story, the way they greeted someone and so on, it seems I am constantly taking pictures even without my camera at times. I don’t seem to remember written words the same way, sometimes I don’t remember what I just read only moments later. But pictures make sense to me, and I’ve always liked my own company, so photography seems like a perfect partner.