Meet our waste shredding team – Sharon Annat
Last month, you got to know our projects and services manager Paul Collins a little better, when we shared the answers he’d provided for the Little Interview with waste and recycling magazine MRW. This month, we invite you to learn a little more about our senior sales coordinator Sharon Annat.
The latest addition to our expert waste shredding team, experienced administrator Sharon is typically the first point of contact for new customers and a vital office-based resource for our busy sales managers. But when Sharon recently contributed to the Yorkshire Post’s ‘My Passion’ feature, we discovered she has another fantastic and somewhat unusual talent… Read on to find out more…
“Some photographers love to capture the special moments of a wedding day, or beautiful scenery. Others will focus their attention on the latest catwalk trends, or fast-paced sporting environments. But when it comes to getting my pulse racing, it’s all about food.
If I reflect on where it all began, I don’t think I consciously realised how interested I was in photography in my early years. My father and grandfather were both keen photographers so I’d grown up seeing life through a lens. But I only acknowledged my own passion for imagery in 2008, when I decided I wanted to study for a degree. If I was going to commit to a qualification of this level I needed a subject I could really feel passionate about. And photography sprang to mind.
I attended night school to learn about the manual workings of SLR and DSLR cameras, before progressing to a foundation degree and a Bachelor of Arts in lens-based media, at Harrogate College. Naturally the course was incredibly in-depth and during five years of study I developed various visual communication methods and techniques. But I soon realised that food photography captured my attention like no other subject matter.
Perhaps it is because I’ve always had recipe books in my home and I appreciate the power of a quality food image. They say a picture tells a thousand words after all, so I believe that when it comes to food photographs, you should almost be able to taste the flavour. If I am told the image looks good enough to eat then I know I’ve captured the shot.
So now, armed with my trusty Nikon, I photograph food for pleasure. I have a number of friends in the catering trades so enjoy helping them out with projects for their websites, menus and promotional literature. But I also love expanding upon my expertise, just for pure personal development.
With ever-more advanced technology, it is possible to achieve phenomenal image clarity. I prefer to work with natural light which is more sympathetic to food. Knowing how to utilise the light at different times of the day is important. I also carefully plan the composition, and monitor photographic trends to see how styles are evolving. Modern shots currently tend to incorporate vibrant colours and a shallow depth of field for example, giving images real character and artistic beauty. At college we were always encouraged to look at other practitioners work and I have some real favourites.
Given my skills are developing all the time, I’d like to think my most recent project for Harrogate Cake Company is amongst my best to date although you will always have some favourites from the past. For me it’s just really important to shoot the things you love, to keep that passion alive.
Photography is a creative and rewarding hobby that holds no boundaries. It also helps me switch off from the hustle and bustle of my busy day job, and is something quite different to the industrial waste shredding environment I work in. In November, I’m visiting Paris Photo which will give me the opportunity to see the very best in the business, currently and historically. No doubt I’ll encounter more inspiration there…”