Info

 

 

I am truly delighted to receive a prestigious Association of Photographers' 
GOLD award!
The AOP Awards are generally acknowledged as the photography BAFTAs and
gold is their highest accolade.  There is no given with a gold; some years
there are none awarded, it is simply at the discretion of the judges.
This year there were eight golds and two of them went to women photographers,
this ratio reflecting the current statistics of women photographers working
within our industry.
I received my award in the Fashion & Beauty category, and my fellow female
awardee is the talented Tina Hillier for her Documentary series. 
Click to see all of this year's finalists.

My thanks to all of the team who worked on this story with me: Art Director
Jo Bell, Stylist Maria Francolini, Hair & makeup Lizzie Court, Photo Assistant
Julie Stewart and of course Liddie Holt & Vincent(pictured) and Forever
Young magazine for publishing.
Although the nature of our industry has changed in recent years as traditional
magazines disappear from the newsstands, it is our love of photography
that continues to fire our passion to create what we always hope will
be beautiful, memorable imagery. 
Pictured with me above are my friend and talented art director Jo Bell, and
also my wonderful and supportive agents Anita Grossman & Rosie Harrison
of A&R CREATIVE who have been representing me a record-breaking twenty five years!
Massive thanks to Clara Mercer from the British Fashion Council who judged
my category and chose my winning picture!  And to Seamus, Rachel, Nick and all
team AOP for putting on a cracking show at the East Wintergarden, Canary Wharf.
See you all next year!
Wendy x

p.s. The exhibition showing all 200+ Awards finalists is still on show
at One Canada Square until the end of May and, as overheard at the Awards
party, "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 an idea...

For more photography by Wendy Carrig please visit her website

WENDY_CARRIG_Portrait_of_Humanity_corrected_version

I'm pleased and honored to have my photograph of the Buddhist Monk
Emma Slade chosen for the shortlist of The Portrait of Humanity Award.
This is a new global award founded by the British Journal of Photography
and Magnum Photos.  My photograph will be included in the accompanying
book and winners will be announced at the launch event on May 23rd.  

The picture unfolded between takes on a portrait assignment for Perfect
Bound magazine. The Long Goodbye shows a genuine moment of emotion as
Buddhist Monk & charity founder Emma Slade says farewell to her friend
Fitch, the graceful Great Dane who sadly passed away a few weeks after
the photograph was taken.  
Previously a London investment banker Emma turned to Buddhism after
being kidnapped and held hostage at gunpoint whilst on a business trip
to Jakarta.

Many thanks again to Emma, and Fitch's owner Michelle Parker.
Also Madeleine Smith, Julie Read & Betty Brigstocke-Williams.
Photography copyright Wendy Carrig ©2018 All Rights Reserved


Liddie Holt

The exhibition for the 2019 Association of Photographers Awards opens
today at One Canada Square Canary Wharf, until 31st May.
My photograph of Liddie Holt with Vincent has been selected by the judges
and will feature in the exhibition and forthcoming Awards book.
Winners will be announced at the AOP Awards party on May 14th, to
coincide with PhotoLondon.

Many thanks to FY magazine for publishing our HOUNDS OF LOVE story
and to all of our fantastic team!
Starring Liddie Holt and Vincent at Storm Management
Art Direction by Jo Bell
Fashion Styling by Maria Francolini
Makeup and Hair by Lizzie Court
Production by Sam Turpin at Production Inc.
Photographer's Assistant Julie Stewart
Photography by Wendy Carrig represented by A&R Creative agency
Copyright Wendy Carrig ©2018 All Rights Reserved

Fearne_02

The fabulous Fearne Cotton in collaboration with Dulux.

Huge thanks to Duncan Spires, Jude Collins,Justine Jenkins,
Lisa Eastwood, Sophie Melia, Melinda Ashton-Turner,Sinead McKeefry, 
Julie Stewart, Gemma Gravett, Curtis Gibson and all the teams.

Photography by Wendy Carrig represented by A&R Creative Agency
Behind-the-Scenes photography by Julie Stewart

BTS_Assistant_045V

 

 

The 209WOMEN book launches today via kickstarter. Showing new portraits
of all 209 women MPs photographed by 209 women photographers.
Included in the book is my portrait of Dr.Rosena Allin-Khan MP The
Shadow Minister for Sport.
The 209WOMEN project celebrates a centenary of votes for women, and
champions their visibility.
The original portraits can still be seen at the Open Eye Gallery Liverpool
until Sunday 14th April 2019.

Vera OraSHO7_075vvvSHO6_037SHO6_071vSHO3_126

Vera OraSHO9_032v

"If I can help any woman who is going through breast cancer, then I
would feel that going through it myself would have a point to it..."

Vera Ora ambassador for the Future Dreams breast cancer charity
wearing clever swimwear designed by Melissa Odabash and produced by
the Amoena Company.

Photography by Wendy Carrig represented by A&R Creative agency
Photographer's assistant & bts photography - Julie Stewart
Digital Operator - Gemma Gravett
Hair Artist - Mila
Makeup artist - Rina Steinberg

With massive thanks to Sam Moffatt and her wonderful team at Future Dreams.

BTS_Julie_051vSuch a pleasure working with the magnificent Vera Ora x
BTS_Julie_083v
Photography copyright Wendy Carrig ©2018 All Rights Reserved

2018_POP-UP_RNLI_DUNGENESS

NATALIE ADAMS volunteer RNLI crew member at Dungeness Lifeboat Station
I photographed Natalie at my pop-up studio at Dungeness last summer.
Her family have a long history with the RNLI and her father is the current
Coxwain at the station.  They are very modest about their invaluable
work as volunteer lifesavers.

"I am the only female crew member at present but I would 100% recommend
volunteering to other women. I have always been made to feel so welcome
and part of the team. We are serious when we need to be but also have
a good laugh, and being part of a team you never feel like you are out
there on your own, and there is also great satisfaction knowing you've
helped someone at the end of the day. You don't need any sea going experience
as all training is provided, just a desire to learn and to get stuck in." 
"Dungeness was famous for it's Lady Launchers in the past, so there
has always been a strong positive theme of female volunteers at the
station. One of our original Lady Launchers still volunteers as our
press officer, and we have other women on the team involved in station visits,
fundraising and youth education, and all give up their time to save
lives at sea."

Natalie also works full-time as Helm at Gravesend Lifeboat Station
on the river Thames. There are currently ten female crew and last year
they had their first all female shift.

"My proudest moment at the RNLI was my passing out ceremony as a Helm
at Gravesend."

logo_02

f22 launches today to coincide with International Women's Day!

Over the last year there has been a surge in photography groups, 
organisations, awards and initiatives set up in an attempt to equal
out the discrepancy between the numbers of women and men working as 
commercial photographers - currently only 18% of photographers at the
AOP are women!

f22 will exist to provide a dedicated network for open discussion,
share knowledge and most importantly lobby towards changing the 
gender inequality within our industry. #thefstartshere!

If you would like to join the AOP there is a new Accesss membership
@ £25 for the first year.
Or simply follow our progress on Instagram @f22aop

HAPPY WOMEN'S DAY!



Screen Shot 2019-02-22 at 19.02.09

Many thanks to Feng Gu at The China Photography Association for
featuring my work in their magazine.
Here is a translation of the interview :

1 Could you tell me your experiences in photography?

I studied photography at Salisbury College of Art before moving to
London to work for four years as an apprentice, mainly to the music
and portrait photographer Mike Owen; he introduced me to the legendary 
surrealist photographer Angus McBean whom I also had the pleasure of
working with.
I set up on my own in 1990.


2  Introduce your job of commercial photography? Do you take documentary
photography now? How do you deal with the relationship of commercial
photography and documentary photography?

Most of my commercial work comes via A&R Creative Agency – a wonderful
team who have represented me for 25 years. I am regularly commissioned
for fashion, beauty, lifestyle and portraiture assignments - recent clients
include NBC/The Bi-Life, Triumph, Elle Germany and Stella Telegraph magazine.
I am also known for my portrait photography. My work has been selected for
both catalogue cover and poster campaign for the Taylor Wessing Photographic
Portrait Prize at The National Portrait Gallery London; and I have won the
AOP best in category award for portraiture at the Association of Photographer’s
Awards. Recent sittings include the Olympian athlete Tessa Sanderson CBE,
the MP Dr.Rosena Allin-Khan, Buddhist nun Emma Slade, the girl band
Bananarama, and Ayda Field Williams.
I am considering working on a new documentary project, but nothing has
been decided upon yet.


3  What is the Greenham Common Peace Camp? Could you introduce it to
our Chinese readers? 

Greenham Common is a former British RAF (Royal Air Force) base. During
the Cold War period in the 1980s the British government allowed American
nuclear missiles to be installed there. Many people were outraged at
this act and a group of women demonstrators made a peaceful protest by
walking 100 miles from Wales to Greenham Common. The number of protestors
eventually grew into thousands and Peace Camps were set up encircling
the base and became women-only.  Their mission, to peacefully disrupt
the movement and deployment of nuclear missiles.


4 Did you join it? Tell some stories about it and you?

I was a photography student during the mid-1980s and visited the
Peace Camp for my final year project. I stayed at Greenham for a
couple of weeks during a very cold winter - sleeping under tarpaulin,
eating donated food and wearing donated clothes. Every morning police
and bailiffs would evict us from the site, and as soon as they had
left we would return to relight the campfire for warmth, tea, talk
and songs;  and some women would plot and plan and eventually by
nightfall would cut through the wire fence that surrounded the base,
and often be arrested found sitting alongside a nuclear missile.


5 When you shot these photos of COMMON PEOPLE did you you think there
will be an exhibition of your work 30 years later?

No, not at all, the pictures have been stored in my negative files
until only last year. 


6  What do you want to convey through these photos?

My pictures mainly show quiet, domestic life at the Peace Camp. I realise
now that this vision is possibly unique, as by excluding all men from
the camps would have also meant excluding most photographers, as photography
at that time was very much male dominated.


7  How do you think the photography experiences affected your later
photography career?

As a student I was interested in both documentary and fashion photography.
As a professional photographer I fell into working in the fashion industry
as I was inspired by the photographers, mainly fashion photographers, whom
I had assisted. In recent years I have been working towards more portrait
commissions as I like to show a reality and truth in my work. Re-visiting
my Greenham pictures has made me reconsider my early thoughts on documentary
photography and I am now looking for new ways I can take this forward in my
career.


8 What do you think about as a woman photographer in shooting beauty,
fashion,lifestyle photography?

I believe that whatever genre of photography I choose to work in – beauty,
fashion, lifestyle, portraiture, documentary etc - my creative style
as a photographer is as individual and unique as the personality of
any photographer, regardless of gender.


9  How many years do you take photography as a career? And How do you
keep your passion alive in photography?

Next year I will be celebrating thirty years as a professional photographer. 
The advent of digital cameras was definitely a moment that boosted my
passion for photography – I often prefer to work with daylight, so the
extra film and shutter speeds combined with auto-focusing allowed me
to push the boundaries of my vision.


10 Could you give some advice to our readers about how to take a nice
photo?

A ‘nice’ photograph doesn’t have to be technically perfect, but I think
it does have to convey something of a message to it’s audience. There is
usually a reason for taking a photograph so it is important that your
audience understands the message or story you are trying to convey.
Photography like art is only ‘nice’ if the viewer believes it to be so. 
I always question my own work by asking myself  “Is it real..?”
“do I believe..?”.

COMMON PEOPLE can be seen at the Greenham Common Control Tower
until this Saturday 9th March.

 

Zoe BallZoe BallZoe BallZoe Ball

My photograph of Zoe Ball taken in 1997 for the Radio Times
She reminded me of a young Shirley Maclaine, hence Zoe's Polaroid
autograph "Shirley MacLaine I wish!"  Congratulations Zoe Ball on
being the first female host of the Radio2 breakfast show! Girl Power!
Picture Editor - Theresa Eagle
Photography copyright Wendy Carrig ©1997 all rights reserved.