Her first passion as a teenager was music and so during her A level photography course she started to make images of musicians and music events. She worked in film, in black and white, and her creativity and willingness to experiment was evident in the earliest of her work. She studied documentary photography at Newport where she was encouraged to combine storytelling in the context of her interest in the music scene. Her first published image was on the cover of the Guardian Careers supplement and subsequently she has had many of her images in the arts and culture pages of national newspapers when they were still providing such space. She works sometimes on commissions but often free-lancing, sending in her images of musical events, from jazz, classical, opera and baroque music, to editors.
In talking about the images she was showing us, Sisi illustrated how confidently she has moved through from film to digital, from black and white to colour, from portraits of individual musicians to group portraits and performance shots in small and large venues. She has used a range of cameras, from film Leicas with monopod, to her current favourite, the much lighter Olympus OM-D Mark II. She particularly likes to use a silent shutter to free up shooting during a performance. Currently, Sisi is training to become an arts counsellor and expects to use photography as part of her work. Thank you for such an interesting evening, Sisi.
Thanks to Kanu Joshi for the photos in this report.