“The fast fashion, I think there’s some brands who are too fast and it’s not good for the planet, because it wastes like a lot of product and material. We need a more slow fashion. The Grey Dress – was really nice, I like the Grey Dress, was very pretty, and I styled it in my own way.” Sabrina Da Silva represented by Models1

The Story of the Grey Dress is an ongoing project exploring our relationship with clothing. This little charity shop find worn again, and again, proving longevity in our purchasing choice matters. But who made this dress? Who made the fabric? And at what cost to the planet?

Many thanks to this top team :

Talent & styling – Sabrina Da Silva at Models 1

Natural hair by Jo McKenna

Skin care by Firyal Arneil

Interviews by Wendy Rigg

Photo team – Julie Stewart, Sophie Phillips and Hadas Elder

Location – the Hightrees Modern House, with thanks to Sarah Hogan.

If you would like to get involved in this project, or think you would like to be photographed in the Grey Dress, please message me via the contact page on my site : https://www.wendycarrig.co.uk

All the winners from the 18th Julia Margaret Cameron awards are featured in this month’s Fotonostrum magazine.

I was absolutely delighted to have my work chosen and be announced as the winner in three categories. Huge thanks again to the judges for making their selections, and also to the talented team involved in the fashion image, and to Kate Morrissey and her son for their generosity of time whilst I created the documentary image. For more pictures and full credits for these stories click fashion, documentary, landscape.

Best wishes

Wendy

image © Fuji

A curated selection from this year’s AOP Awards are showing at the Fuji House of Photography.

If you were unable to attend the Awards party this is another great opportunity to see the work in real life. Or as an art director friend once said to me at a previous Awards event “…I’ve just seen the exhibition and was surprised at how much better the pictures looked in print than on my screen.” Now there’s a novel idea… ; )

I’m very pleased to have these two images included in the show :

NEW WAVE for Perfect Bound magazine
finalist 37th AOP Awards | fashion
CARRY GREENHAM HOME
finalist 37th AOP Awards | project
image © Fuji

The House of Photography is in Covent Garden, London, and the exhibition runs until the end of July.

t-shirt by Katharine Hamnett for CHOOSE LOVE
supporting refugees and displaced people globally

Peace and Love t-shirt by Bella Freud for WAR CHILD
“We will never give up on children living through conflict”
Save the Rainforest by Vivienne Westwood for Cool Earth
Protecting endangered rainforest to combat global warming, protect ecosystems and providing employment for local people.
NO WAR t-shirt by CND the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. Working to peacefully rid the world of nuclear weapons
LOVE by Katharine Hamnett

Standing up for their right to protest are Maria Sosa at Premier Models; and Sabrina, Florence Kosky, Poppy Mannion and Barbie at Models 1

Many thanks to them and this talented and generous team :

Style : Wendy Rigg Hair Artist : Jo McKenna Makeup Artist : Firyal Arneil Digital Operator : Julie Stewart Photo Assistant : Sophie Phillips Behind-the-Scenes photography : Hadas Eldar Location : with special thanks to Sarah Hogan for hosting our photoshoot at her High Trees Modern House, and Julia Kennedy for publishing this story in her No-Reply magazine. Photography by me, Wendy Carrig

Recently our government tried to take away our right to protest, but thousands of people and the House of Lords stood up to them and won! Did you know our government is now trying to introduce another bill!

If you value your right to protest please sign this Greenpeace petition calling on the Home Secretary to “…drop proposals in the Public Order Bill that have already been rejected by the people and Parliament, and to put an end to all attempts to suppress the fundamental right to protest.”

Thank you for stopping by.

Wendy

photo credit | Sophie Phillips

Behind the scenes photography by Sujata Setia

With massive thanks to this top team : fashion model Chloe Webb, fashion director Amanda Marcantonio, fashion assistant Corin Ripley, makeup artist Sally Kvalheim, digital operator Julie Stewart, lighting assistant Sujata Setia, producer Karina Diall at Hearst magazines, and Angela Evans-Hill at the Wimbledon Common Ranger’s Office. With special thanks to Sujata Setia for all the wonderful behind-the-scenes photography.

SUMMER STARTS HERE!
fashion photography by Wendy Carrig

For more photography by me please visit my website : https://www.wendycarrig.co.uk or follow me on Instagram : https://www.instagram/wendycarrigphotography/

Thanks for stopping by.

Wendy x

This Thursday 30th June I will be giving a career talk to graduating photography students as part of the Starting Out conference at The Old Truman Brewery, London.

I will be talking about my career as a student photographer documenting the Peace Camp at Greenham Common, the benefits of working as an assistant photographer, and my work and current practice as a freelance photographer.

The conference is hosted by AOP X Free Range and as well as talks there are portfolio reviews (I will be reviewing portfolios on Saturday morning), and an opportunity to see all the graduate shows including the finalists and winners of the AOP Student Awards.

Starting Out continues until Sunday 3rd July 2022 and is FREE! You just need to register here to attend.

Hope to see some of you there!

The Creative Life is a unique coaching platform for freelance creatives founded by Sheryl Garratt, previous editor of The Face and The Observer magazines.

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Do you have a tip, tool, talk, book or other resource to share with us? Something you go back to again and again, or wouldn’t be without in your creative life.

BOOKS – I love a pocketbook crammed with info that you can just pick up and read a random page to get a quick inspo fix. My current three are :

TALK – This inspiring interview with photographer Stephen Shore X David Campany, recorded in 2019 at PhotoLondon, describes Shore’s photographic practice taking us on a journey of his photographic life through choice of cameras and film.

TOOL – Pen & paper. For creating mind maps – paper has to be at least A3 for my large handwriting. I also complete the morning pages exercise from Julia Cameron‘s The Artist’s Way. Both processes help me brainstorm ideas and problem solve.

TIP – Wear a jacket with four front pockets and keep the same four essential items, keys, phone, money etc. in each pocket. This is a good check list for leaving home, especially at short notice!

We all need a support network. What’s the most valuable group, forum or organisation you belong to.

I am proud to be a founding member of f22 – women photographers at the Association of Photographers. The group was formed in 2019 as a reaction to the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements that swept through the film industry, when we realised that the photographic industry also has historic gender imbalance and discrimination. Our aim is to increase the visibility of women photographers and encourage best practice at all levels from student to accreditation. We hold talks, workshops, group exhibitions, and next year we will be launching an international Photography competition for female identifying photographers.

Who or what inspires you?

People never cease to inspire. Their personal style and own unique story, and the unexpected way they can react to a situation. I love the element of surprise that a new face, or space, presents and how this can be explored to greater depths by the most important and inspiring element of all, light.

What’s the biggest challenge in your creative life, right now?

Over the past eighteen months maintaining visibility has been a challenge. With difficulties of meeting in real life there has been more demand for posting to online platforms so we don’t just ‘disappear’. I personally love Instagram, and I think it is a genius tool especially for visuals, but it is easy to become a slave to the swipe. As a photographer I really want people to appreciate my work in real life. I want them to hold my portfolio in their hands, to feel the quality of the paper that my work is printed on, and to appreciate the beauty of handcrafted prints on a gallery wall. To that end I have started creating and sending out postcards of my photography in the hope that viewers may linger longer. It feels there is definitely a place aside from screens for this type of tactile marketing.

What advice would you give to someone just starting out as a freelance photographer – or indeed as a creative of any kind?

Practice your practice. Whatever it is you do, do it as often as you can. For photographers make sure you are shooting something everyday, even if it’s on your phone. Look at your work over a period of time and you will start to make connections and create stories and see your style, your unique way of storytelling come to the fore. I have an ongoing project that I started in lockdown. I was desperate to create yet didn’t feel comfortable about taking my SLR onto the streets and so I started shooting on an old iPhone. I rediscovered a more simplistic way of creating and I like the naive quality of the images. The disciplines I learnt from this process have already begun feeding into my professional practice.

So learn your trade, be really good at what you do, but push creative boundaries and always challenge yourself. Tick the required box then go that one step further to get a different result. You may be surprised at what you can achieve. There is always more!

This Q&A interview with Sheryl Garratt was featured on The Creative Life last November 2021.

Click here to find out more about The Creative Life.

I am delighted to discover that I have also won both the Documentary and Landscape categories in this years Julia Margaret Cameron awards! Again, my complete and sincere thanks to the JMC judging panel for selecting my work, which I hope will help to highlight some of the issues illustrated below :

WINNER DOCUMENTARY SINGLE :

This is Kate Morrissey who received a custodial sentence as a result of her heroin addiction. She is now an NHS manager, and leads campaigns to bring about reform of the criminal justice system. See her moving and inspiring TED talk “Do we truly believe in rehabilitation?”

WINNER LANDSCAPE SERIES :

More Wallander than Broadchurch, this small urban hamlet with incongruous planting and strange street furniture appears no more than a ribbon of mid-century houses between vast wastelands and the sea.‘ This is a series from my personal project Urban Palms.

HONORABLE MENTION DOCUMENTARY SERIES :

These images were taken last year on the road from Cardiff to Greenham Common. I documented a reenactment of the nine day 110 mile protest march that started the Greenham Women’s Peace Camp – the largest female-led protest since suffrage. To find out more about this initiative please take a look at the work by activist group Greenham Women Everywhere, or check out my previous blog post on this event here.

Massive congratulations to all the other winners and finalists in this year’s JMC awards.

Click here to see all of the selected imagery

I have just been announced as a winner in the 18th Julia Margaret Cameron awards. This is hugely exciting and I am very grateful to the judging panel.

WENDY CARRIG | WINNER | ADVERTISING & FASHION | SINGLE

The JMC awards, an international photography competition for women photographers, take their name from one of the most important and innovative photographers of the 19th century Julia Margaret Cameron recognising her pioneering contribution to photography.

WENDY CARRIG | HONORABLE MENTION | ADVERTISING & FASHION | SINGLE

Big shout out to the incredible team of creatives who worked on this fashion story with me, freely giving of their time and talent :

Talent : Kate Orr & family

Art director : Jo Bell

Fashion stylist : Sophie Kenningham @ Frank Agency

Makeup & Hair artist : Dina Catchpole @ Frank Agency

Photography Assistant : Julie Stewart

Thanks also to Victoria Gaiger, the founder & Creative Director at RakesProgress magazine, for featuring this work in her award-winning publication.

WENDY CARRIG | HONORABLE MENTION | ADVERTISING & FASHION | SERIES

With the recent demise of the ‘traditional’ glossy magazine, I am grateful for independent publications like RakesProgress, and photography awards such as the JMC, as important spaces for photographers and other creatives to showcase personal projects.

Many thanks again for taking the time to look and read.

Wendy x

Big thanks to party hostess Manon Molenaar at Models1. Florals & ruffles styled for GH by fashion director Amanda Marcantonio, assisted by Corin Ripley. Afternoon tea and party games were styled by interior stylist Michelle Lester. Perfect party makeup & hair by Ian McIntosh at Arlington Talent. Many thanks also to my Photo assistant Julie Stewart, and digital operator Mr.Mark Griffiths. We photographed at beautiful Stonewall Park through JJ Locations, and our shoot was produced by Karina Dial at Hearst.

All photography by me Wendy Carrig

Let’s get this party started!

I am extremely honored to have this project selected by the judges – Jennie Ricketts trustee at Autograph Gallery and the Martin Parr Foundation, and Isabelle Von Ribbentrop the Executive Director of the Prix Pictet.

The Greenham Women’s Peace Camp was the largest female-led protest since suffrage, and led to the international ban of Cruise missiles. But this extraordinary event has largely been written out of history. Last year the activist group Greenham Women Everywhere recreated the protest march from Cardiff to Newbury [that started the Peace Camp] to once again highlight the achievements of these remarkable women.

It was an honor to walk alongside and document this new protest march from Cardiff to Greenham Common. Below is a series of 15 selected works, from this extensive project, that have been shortlisted for the 37th Association of Photographers(AOP)Awards.

Walking for 110 miles over nine days, the pain of polluted roads and thunderous traffic was accompanied by camaraderie and song.

Original Greenham Women shared inspiring, and sometimes terrifying stories, of their time spent at the peace camp, with a new generation of impassioned activists.

Their aim, to highlight the urgent crises of the climate emergency, nuclear weapons escalation, daily violence against women, extreme hunger, and social inequality, could not be more timely.

Having my work chosen for this category, in a genre I am not generally known for, really means a lot to me. I hope that my photography will help highlight the important work initiated by Greenham Women Everywhere.

You can’t kill the spirit!

Very happy to have two works selected as finalists by legendary fashion photographer Koto Bolofo.

© WENDY CARRIG | FINALIST | FASHION

Many thanks again to the creative teams : Art Director – Jo Bell, Styling – Sophie Kenningham, Hair & Makeup – Helen Walsh and Dina Catchpole, Models Dayane Gomes and Kate Orr, and special thanks Perfect Bound Magazine.

© WENDY CARRIG | FINALIST | FASHION

Good luck to all the finalists. Check out the work here.

Gold & Silver winners will be announced at the AOP Awards party tomorrow evening. Maybe see you there? Tickets available here

Many thanks to The Times for featuring one of my images from the Greenham Women 110 mile protest march.

Bringing together original Greenham Women with a new generation of activists. “Walking in the footsteps of our foremothers to highlight the multi crises of the climate emergency, nuclear weapons escalation, extreme hunger, social inequality, daily violence against women, and more.”

A series of this work has been chosen as a finalist in the 37th AOP photography awards.

A video showing all the finalists for the 37th Association of Photographers Awards has just been released and can be seen here.

I am very pleased that two of my images have been selected for FASHION. This category was judged by one of my photography heroes Koto Bolofo whose work I have hugely admired for many years.

I am also honored to have work selected in the PROJECT category – a series of Black & White photographs from a portfolio I created last year documenting a one hundred mile protest march by the activist group Greenham Women Everywhere. PROJECT was judged by photography expert Jennie Ricketts together with Isabelle Von Ribbentrop from Prix Pictet.

All photography will be exhibited at the AOP Awards party on April 20th, where the winners will be announced.

Maybe see you there?

Nothing but a Curtain © Zula Rabikowska

As part of this year’s International Women’s Day celebrations it was my huge honour to be part of the curation panel for WOMAN an exhibition of extraordinary photography by f22 Women Photographers at the AOP. The final roll call of women & non-binary photographers selected for inclusion lists some of the foremost photographers working in the industry today :

Rhiannon Adam, Carol Allen Storey, Eleanor Bentall, Julia Bostock, Eleanor Church, Heidi Coppock Beard, Nadia Correia, Felicity Crawshaw, Sophie Ebrard, Jillian Edelstein, Julia Fullerton-Batten, Nancy-Anne Harbord, Olivia Hemingway, Elisabeth Hoff, Chantel King, Jenny Lewis, Laura Lewis, Sandra Lousada, Hannah Maule Ffinch, Carolyn Mendelsohn, Anne-Marie Michel, Patricia Niven, Laura Pannack, Kate Peters, Zula Rabikowska, Helen Roscoe, Jo Sax, Carol Sharp.

The exhibition was created by the f22 working group, and is featured throughout March on the AOPawards.com site and the @f22aop and @AssocPhoto Instagram.

The #SheTakesOver initiative was created by advertising agency adamandeveDDB to highlight women and non-binary photographers working in the creative industries. The campaign runs throughout the Women’s History Month of March, and creative work submitted by talent can be seen on the @she.takes.over social channel and those of their partners Campaign Magazine, Free The Work and Equal Lens, as well as signed agencies and companies from around the globe. “All this with the important aim of getting talent commissioned.”

Do check out the work of some super talented creators.

I’m pleased to support and take part in this initiative. The images shown here were all selected for inclusion. Image credits :

models – Kate Orr & Alejandra Du Sol

Art Director – Jo Bell

Fashion Stylist – Sophie Kenningham

Makeup & Hair – Dina

Photo Assistant – Julie Stewart

Digital Operator – Gemma Gravett

Photographer – Wendy Carrig

New editorial for RakesProgress magazine issue #14 starring Kate Orr and family.

Creative direction by Jo Bell. Jo also created the canvas, and the drawings are by her father Roy Bell, a prolific modernist artist of the 1960s.

Fashion styling by Sophie Kenningham, and Makeup & hair by Dina Catchpole, both represented by Frank Agency.

Photography by me Wendy Carrig assisted by the Julie Stewart.

behind the scenes photography by Julie Stewart

I last photographed Kate Orr in the noughties. Together with Jo Bell we worked on editorial and advertising assignments both here and abroad. I’ll retrieve some of these from my archive to share here in the coming weeks.

And in case you’re not familiar with rakesrogress magazine, it is a most beautifully crafted & inspiring independent print publication dedicated to ‘the art of gardens, plants and flowers’.

Thanks for stopping by.

Wendy

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I am very proud to have one of my images selected for the Turner Contemporary Poster Exhibition together with this roll call of extraordinary artists.

The exhibition is part of the Turner Contemporary Open which runs until 20th February 2022. The various posters can be seen dotted around East Kent railway stations creating a kind of art trail treasure hunt. Please let me know if you spot this one.

My featured image is part of an ongoing series titled On This Line That Divides. An exploration of the extraordinary Dymchurch Wall, a four mile sea defence on the south Kent coast overlooking vast sands, and where refugees have recently come ashore.

Tomorrow I will be presenting a workshop titled ON ENTERING PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS. The workshop was originally created by @f22aop women photographers, responding to the fact that women weren’t entering photography awards in the same way or numbers as their male counterparts. The workshop will cover how entering photography awards can improve confidence in your photographic practice, help gain visibility for your work, and how this can progress your career.

The workshop is open to all members of the Association of Photographers (AOP) and registration is via eventbrite. Hope to see you there!

Massive thanks to all the teams I had the good fortune to work with throughout another extraordinary and challenging year. My thanks also to you for taking the time to respond to my posts. Your support and encouragement is always greatly appreciated. I wish you a happy, healthy, and truly inspiring new year X

More new photo stories coming soon, meanwhile here is a snapshot of last year’s highlights as chosen by Instagram’s #2021bestnine. Click links for full team credits.

  1. Veridiana Ferreira on set for Avon
  2. My Greenham Women exhibition at The Pie Factory, Margate
  3. Womanhood Academy for girls, shortlisted for the Portrait of Humanity award
  4. My Greenham Women exhibition at The Base Greenham, Newbury
  5. On set with Lisa Snowdon & team
  6. On set with Liddie Holt and friends
  7. Rosalinde photographed in my favorite seaside location on Kent’s south coast
  8. Alejandra Du Sol for my ongoing project The Story of the Grey Dress
  9. Cruisin’ with Cindy Robbins photographed aboard the Spirit of Adventure