London-born to Welsh parents, Carys spent her very early years in the city before a move to the more rural South East of England where she spent her formative years. Fortunate enough to be given both a pony and a camera as a child, a life-long fascination with all things equine was given root in those early years. Unbeknownst to her the seeds of her future photographic career had also been sown but it was to be many more years before Carys was able to step aside from a corporate marketing career to combine her two passions - horses and photography. Now, as an award winning equine photographer, she is able to travel extensively to create her fine art images, seeking out and working with horses in their native environments.
To this end in recent years Carys has ventured to Iceland, Portugal, The Netherlands, France, Austria and the Outer Hebrides in Scotland. She finds herself increasingly drawn to locations offering soft, pastel palettes and to situations allowing her to observe horses in their native habitats, where they are free to exhibit natural equine behaviour. She is also intrigued by the creative abilities of the camera, often using slow shutter speeds, multiple exposures and other techniques to create, in-camera, more abstract equine images.
In recent years Carys’s work has appeared in print in national titles and online magazines, whilst her clients include both U.S and U.K retailers. She was shortlisted in the prestigious Royal Photographic Society International Photography Exhibition 161 and the Outdoor Photographer of the Year 2017 competition. One of her images - Fjord Crossing - was also awarded Silver in the 2016 EPSON International Pano Awards.
When not travelling, Carys can usually be found at the stables with her beloved horse Jeeves, or out exploring the bridleways of Surrey. She is also a keen supporter of the Riding for the Disabled Association.
Awards & Exhibitions
Royal Photographic Society International Photography Exhibition 161 - 'Reflections of the Camargue' and 'Slow Camargue' shortlisted - May 2018.
Surrey Art Fairs - group exhibition at The Gallery, Denbies, Dorking, Surrey - 26 - 31 March 2018.
Two images - 'Fjord Crossing' and 'Gentle' receive Honorable Mentions in the International Monochrome Photography Awards 2017.
Outdoor Photographer of the Year 2017 - shortlisted with 'Reflections II'
‘Equus’ – solo exhibition at Farnham Matlings, Bridge Square, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7QR. November 2017 – January 2018
Surrey Art Fairs - group exhibition at The Gallery, Denbies, Dorking, Surrey - February 2017
'Fjord Crossing' (B&W) - awarded Silver in the 2016 EPSON International Pano Awards
'The Spirit of Horses' - solo exhibition at Cranleigh Arts Centre, Cranleigh, Surrey - October/November 2016
'Equine & Abstract' - solo exhibition at The Gallery, Denbies, Dorking, Surrey - June 2016
RHS Butterflies in the Glasshouse 2015 - winner
The Surrey Open Photographic Exhibition, The Lightbox, Woking - 14 January to 12 April 2015