Going solo with Sally-Forth Heaney Garzoli

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Sally-Forth Heaney-Garzoli is not a name you forget, but it’s not just her marvellous moniker that has captured attention. At just nineteen years of age, she has emerged as one of our most promising photographers and is currently holding her very first solo exhibition at Canberra’s PhotoAccess. You may remember I have written about Sally-Forth before. She was my wedding photographer when she was still in high school (yes, she is that good!) won a People’s Choice Award for her elegant photo portrait and has one of the coolest and quirkiest senses of personal style I have ever seen.

With plans to move to Melbourne in 2015 to further her creative education, I caught up with Sally-Forth to talk about her exciting exhibition, the creative underbelly of the nation’s capital and what parts of her upcoming European adventure, she hopes to capture on camera.

Can you tell us a bit about your current exhibition and what it means to be involved in it?

My exhibition is called Shifted: scapes and figures. This photo series explores the transition between day and night as well as landscape/interior-scape and portrait. I was really inspired by film stills, nature and pre-Raphaelite art.

It’s on at PhotoAccess in the Canberra suburb of Manuka and I’m sharing the space with two other artists, photographer Christine Rufflet who is exhibiting Circus Dreams and installation artist Danny Wild who is exhibiting Thought Cues. It is a real privilege to be a part of this exhibition. Both Christine and Danny’s works are amazing and I think we complement each other really well.

How would you describe the Canberra arts scene and what makes it unique?

To be totally honest, I feel like I am too young to really be a part of the Canberra arts scene so don’t really know much about it. I did some photography at Hustle & Scout which is an independent design market organised by the amazing Tegan McAuley. I do reckon that the Canberra arts scene is on the make. From what I can see it mixes art, design, music, fashion and multi-media and is supportive of new ideas and approaches.

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You are about to head off to Europe for a few months. Can you tell us a bit about what your plans are? What are you most looking forward to photographing over there?

At the moment it’s all kind of up in the air. The current plan is to base myself in London and just travel around whenever and wherever I like (and just hang around until the money runs out!). I will definitely be going to Barcelona, Amsterdam and will also travel around Italy for a bit. I’m planning on going to France and Germany and if I can, I would love to go to Turkey and Denmark.

I’m not really sure what I’m most looking forward to photographing. I guess everything and anything. It is such a good opportunity to take photos in new environments and I don’t want to waste that.

What’s next for you? Do you have any plans for more exhibitions? What is inspiring you at the moment?

The next big thing for me after travelling, is the move to Melbourne to start uni and hopefully, I’ll continue to take photos when I can.

I do have another exhibition coming up in early 2015, in a small rural city called Griffith, which will be cool. The gallery space is much larger than PhotoAccess so I will have the opportunity to play around with installation as well as photos. The new exhibition will be a bit of an extended version of my current exhibition.

In terms of inspiration, I am really loving Paolo Roversi photos at the moment. I think they are all so amazing. They look like paintings and they’re just so beautiful. I also work in a small independent shop called Shop Girl Flower Girl and am constantly surrounded by flowers, so that has been inspiring me lately too. I would love to do a photo shoot with lots and lots of flowers as part of the set. I think that would be really cool.

I’m also getting inspired by the usual things like films and artworks that I see around the place as well.

Shifted: scapes and figures is showing at PhotoAccess in Canberra until 29 June.
You can also keep track of Sally-Forth’s success on her website.

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