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
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!
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
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
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
8 What do you think about as a woman photographer in shooting beauty,
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
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.
My COMMON PEOPLE photography exhibition continues at Greenham Common
Control Tower Thursday-Sunday until 9th March 2019. The gallery will
then open on Sunday 10th March for a private view, where Dr.Meg Thomas
from the Tower will be in conversation with myself, and Beccy
Trowler QC who is featured in the exhibition and whose image is on the
exhibition poster. Tickets for this event are £8.50 available from
Greenham Common Control Tower
Many thanks to Lin Wilkinson for this wonderful review featured in
The Newbury Weekly News 3rd January 2019 edition.
My COMMON PEOPLE photography exhibition continues at the Greenham Common
Control Tower Berkshire until 9th March - open Thursdays to Sundays.
For more photography by Wendy Carrig please visit WWW.WENDYCARRIG.CO.UK
New fashion editorial for Forever Young magazine starring
Kate Groombridge and family
Art Direction - Jo Bell
Fashion Stylist - Maria Francolini
Makeup & Hair - Lizzie Court
Photographer's Assistant - Julie Stewart
Photography by Wendy Carrig at A&R Creative Agency
All photography copyright Wendy Carrig ©2018 All Rights Reserved
"It happened at the Boot Fair" an ongoing photography project,
in search of Elvis...
All photography copyright Wendy Carrig ©2018 All Rights Reserved
Massive thanks to all of the wonderful people I have worked with
this year, I have enjoyed every single assignment and project I have
been a part of, and look forward to all the joys that 2019 has to
Thank you for your continued interest and support, and I wish you
and yours a very happy new year.