Why 40 frames for 40?

There are certain moments in life where you feel a little nostalgic and for me, this is one of them. For my 40th birthday, I decided I wanted to create something that was a celebration of my love of my motherland of Thanet, of nature and in dedication to my lifelong passion of chasing light, which I feel overwhelming gratitude that I get to call my job. And so '40 frames for 40' was born.

The one day exhibition is took place at Joseph Wales Studio in Margate on my 40th birthday, Saturday 6th April 2024 in my birthplace of Margate. I felt so inspired to reflect at this moment and curate a collection of still frames that pique curiosity and create a day to share and give back to our community, with conversation and connection at the heart.

It was such a special day and I've wanted to preserve the magick and have created a virtual exhibition here.

Hold Still

Made in Margate

This exhibition will encapsulate all of this and will include one of my images that was acquired by the National Portrait Gallery forming part of the national collection. The image taken in lockdown formed part of a collection of images entitled - 'Hold Still: Capturing the spirit of a nation under lockdown. It went on to be exhibited on billboards around the UK, at the gallery and the moving book became a Sunday Times Best Seller. Shortlisted as Gallery Director’s Choice, Nicholas Cullinan said 'Such a striking and singular image from lockdown which evocatively captures the sense of isolation we have all experienced in one way or another.' What a ride!

I've been working as a photographer since 2010, with storytelling at the heart of my social photography, capturing love stories for a decade and this evolved organically to infuse storytelling and radically authentic expression with lifestyle and branding photography. In fact my journey started with photography in the 90s, with my first Saturday job developing 35mm film at Lawn's Newsagent in Broadstairs and I've had a camera in hand ever since. I feel very humbled that my work takes me on adventures deep into nature with folk who are soul aligned. You may have seen my images, my work regularly features in local, national and international publications and has been published in many books across the world.

welcome to

40 Frames for 40

THE DIGITAL EXHIBITION

Let's get digital, digital.....

Because one day was a bit of a whistlestop tour.....

It was such a moment to see 40 of my images on print, away from the depths of my hard drives and on the walls of a gallery!

It was made special by the folk who visited, the sharing, the stories, the connection to our local landscapes and love of nature further afield.

I know the timing of the exhibition in the middle of the Easter school holidays meant that some folk couldn't pop by and so I wanted to bring a flavour of the exhibition online.

If you view this page on a desktop computer the image sections will lay out just like they did on the walls, with the layout is different on mobiles.

I recorded an audio story about each image, sharing all of the behind the scenes chatter about how the image was taken, hilarious stories, things I've learned along the way and each of these audio stories has been transcribed too.

Just click on each photo or the link below it, to head to find out more and you'll be able to buy fine art prints of the images here too.

Gannets of

aGrassholm Island

Light chaser & wild woman with a camera

I believe we are part of nature & I have dedicated my life to chasing and collecting light

The one day exhibition

Sat 6th April 2024

Joseph Wales Studios Margate

Making impact

For a few years I've stepped away from tradition of exchanging gifts and cards at birthdays and instead creating some impact by donating to charities. IF you'd like to make a donation to charity on my behalf. The charity I'd like to nominate for my 40th birthday is whale wise.

10% of all profits from prints sold at the exhibition will be donated to Whale Wise.

DONATE TO

WHALE WISE

I see you there my love....

If you have any questions about the exhibition, workshops and talks, please drop me an email and I'd be happy to help!

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You're invited...

It is my heartfelt joy to invite you to join me on my 40th Birthday weekend, where I'll be unveiling '40 frames for 40' at noon on Saturday 6th April 2024, with doors open until 8pm at Joseph Wales Studio in Margate. '40 frames for 40' an eclectic collection of images and the stories behind the lenses surrounding the moments of their creation. This one-day exhibition is a celebration of my lifelong dedication to and love of light.

The images have been captured right here in my motherland of Thanet, to places that hold a piece of my heart in the sub zero. I have a not-so-secret obsession with Iceland, Norway and Scotland and the wild scenes and enchanting wildlife found there. I'll be sharing scenes and stories of aurora chasing home and away, to bird's eye views with my drone in the skies above and submerging us in the sea exploring our blue planet. My passion for photography is woven into every fibre of my being, with people and planet at the heart and so I can't wait to share these moments with you.

Location: Joseph Wales Studio, 2a Dane Hill, Margate, CT9 1QP

Free entry to all

i can't wait to see you!

FAQs & good to know

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Prints of the images will be on sale

The flooring at Joseph Wales Studio is uneven

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Whilst there is ground floor access to the studio where the exhibition is taking place, the flooring is uneven and visitors enter at their own risk.

Fine Art Prints of the images in the exhibition will be on sale - to keep things sustainable images will be printed to order rather than printing large stocks of each image.

Sustainable printing

There are no toilets available during the exhibition

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Fine Art Prints will be created using the UK's only carbon neutral print lab on sustainable Hahnemühle bamboo paper.

The studio is a short distance from Margate Old town and the nearest public toilets are in College Square, near Morrisons.

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Delivery within 5 working days

The photography exhibition is for one day only

All images ordered at the exhibition will be delivered directly to you within 5 working days.

The 40 frames for 40 photography exhibition is open for one day, my 40th on Sat 6th April 2024 - 12.00 - 20.00 and is free to enter. It will take place at Joseph Wales Studio in Margate.

Sunday 7th April 2024 - Workshops & talks

The Community Rooms - Margate Caves

I firmly believe that as we create space in this world, we make a path for others to join us on our journey. That is why I am hosting a free talk for girls (& a parent/guardian) which will be packed full of inspiration about follow a creative path where women are underrepresented. I can't wait to share these moments!

It is such a joy to be sharing some some of my most popular topics to talk about. I am utterly obessed with nature and exploring Thanet and beyond from above by drone and underwater, from chasing sunsets to the aurora borealis, these talks are packed full of inspiration to fire your curiosity and creativity.

Workshops must be pre-booked online and are ticketed events with limited spaces.

Each workshop or talk slot will last 45 minutes, where I'll be delivering a visual presentation and there will be space for Q&A at the end of each talk.

The workshops & talks will take place at The Community Rooms, Margate Caves, 1 Northdown Road, Margate , CT9 1FG.

SUNDAY 7TH APRIL 2024

The morning sessions

BOOK 10AM TALK-

HER FUTURE VISION - ENGAGING GIRLS IN PHOTOGRAPHY

££ FREE

This free session is for girls who have an interest in photography and want to hear about how to gain experience, build a portfolio and start a career in photography. I am passionate about removing barriers for women and girls and would love to empower their curiosity about self-employment and the creative industry. I will share more about my squiggly career path into photography that started here in Thanet when I was 14! This talk is open to girls under 18s and a parent/guardian must accompany them for this session.

10.00 - 10.45 - free

BOOK 11AM TALK -

LATE DIAGNOSIS ADHD & ME - A CANDID TALK ABOUT MY JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY

£9 (inc VAT)

I'd spent 37 years of my life feeling restless, unsettled and was forever searching to fix this. It wasn't until my late-to-the-party ADHD diagnosis in 2021 that it all made sense. I'd been looking at 'fixing' scattered facets of what collectively turned out to be ADHD. The search was called off and I started to make sense of everything. I'll be talking about how I realised I have ADHD and what the journey has been like since my diagnosis in 2021 and what this has meant for my life & business.

11.00 - 11.45 - £9

BOOK 12PM TALK -

CHASING THE AURORA BOREALIS

IN THANET & BEYOND

£9 (inc VAT)

You read that right.....a talk about how to chase the aurora borealis and hints and tips on how to do this from Thanet. I have chased the aurora for a decade and the dream of capturing it in Thanet came true last year and I went on to capture it 9 times in 2023! There are increased chances of seeing the aurora for the next the 3-4 years as the sun approaches the peak of it's 11 year cycle. I'll be sharing what causes the aurora, how to experience this epic celestial phenomenon right here from Thanet with tips on how to shoot it on your phone.

SUNDAY 7TH APRIL 2024

The afternoon sessions

BOOK 13.30 TALK -

REWILD YOUR CONNECTION TO NATURE

£9 (inc VAT)

I'll be sharing about photo adventures in nature that you can embark on from our doorstep here in Thanet and across shores of the UK, highlighting just how much beauty and wonderment exists when you're tuned in to seeking it out. This talk aims to ignite and inspire your curiosity and rewild our connection with nature, sharing some of the creatures & scenes I've encountered along the way. I'll be sharing hint and tips on how to know about when epic things in nature are unfolding on our doorstep.

13.30 - 14.15 - £9

BOOK 14.30 TALK -

INTO THE BLUE - AN INTRO TO UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHY IN THANET & UK SEAS

(£9 in VAT)

There are so many amazing encounters to be had with nature, just a few meters from the shore. I am passionate about exploring our blue planet and this talk will take you through what kit I have in my snorkel and camera bag, what to look for in our local sea and waters around the UK, how to snorkel with jellyfish and I'll highlight a range of camera options from waterproofing your phone to dedicated underwater cameras.

14.30 - 15.15 - £9

BOOK 15.30 TALK -

TAKING TO THE SKIES - A GUIDE TO GETTING INTO FLYING DRONES

(£9 in VAT)

I've been flying drones since 2017 and I love seeing how dynamic the coastline is, with all of the incredible organic patterns and textures that the ever flowing tide creates. I've shot commercial projects across the UK and Europe & been interviewed by National Geographic about getting into flying drones. If you've been thinking about it, this session will take you through a kickstart guide on how to get started.

15.30 - 16.15 - £9

SUNDAY 7TH APRIL 2024

The evening sessions

BOOK 17.00 TALK -

WHEN THE WORLD GOES DARK - NIGHT PHOTO ADVENTURES ALONG THE THANET COAST & BEYOND

£9 (inc VAT)

So many spectacular adventures in nature await us after dark. As we approach summer, this talk will prepare you for what to look for to see and shoot bioluminescence, noctilucent or 'night shining' clouds and share how a UV torch can make for epic rockpooling by night!

17.00 - 17.45 - £9

BOOK 18.00 TALK -

CHASING THE AURORA BOREALIS IN THANET & BEYOND

£9 (inc VAT)

You read that right.....a talk about how to chase the aurora borealis and hints and tips on how to do this from Thanet. I have chased the aurora for a decade and the dream of capturing it in Thanet came true last year and I went on to capture it 9 times in 2023! There are increased chances of seeing the aurora for the next the 3-4 years as the sun approaches the peak of it's 11 year cycle. I'll be sharing what causes the aurora, how to experience this epic celestial phenomenon right here from Thanet with tips on how to shoot it on your phone.

A one day photography exhibition

all welcome - free entry

Joseph Wales Studios - Margate - 12.00 - 20.00

a series of talks for one day only.

ticketed event - limited space.

The Community rooms - Margate Caves