Carys Jones is a self-taught photographer living in Englands beautiful countryside.
The advent of digital technology re-ignited Carys passion for photography, which had lain dormant for many years whilst she pursued other parts of her life, many of which involved horses. A few years ago, she had the good fortune to be made redundant – this provided the perfect opportunity to create a more flexible working lifestyle and importantly allowed her to combine her loves and knowledge of horses and photography. In the past three years she concentrated on equine fine art photography – travelling to various countries to capture images of horses in their native environments. And all the time studying work from an eclectic range of artists, sculptors and photographers to take inspiration from their approaches.
Carys chose to focus on creating equine fine art – to produce images that transport the horse to wider audiences beyond the equestrian community. She works to bring the horse to homes, work places and public spaces, bringing them alive to those who have no prior experience of the equine world but who, through her art, can appreciate the beauty, majesty and grandeur of these animals. Much of her work is in black & white, helping to magnify the impact of the subject and lending itself to accentuating the strong shape and power of horses. However, she can’t resist creating the occasional colour image! Ultimately, her work reflects her love of horses and her understanding of their nature honed over many years as a horse owner and rider.
Carys is intrigued by the creative abilities of the camera, she is drawn to abstract and impressionistic photographic interpretations of what she sees around her, in addition to her more usual photographic approach. She enjoys exploring how traditional scenes can be reinvented often through the use of intentional camera movement and slow shutter speeds to create soft lines and a sense of movement in an image.
Whilst much research, planning and travel goes into each of her images, the challenge heightens when it comes to editing. The key is to see beyond what is first presented to her in any digital image taken straight from her camera – to look within it for the minute detail, to understand the potential an image may have, to experiment and ultimately to create an piece of art that reflects the beauty of the horse.
Carys travels extensively to create her images – in recent years, she studied the famous white horses in the French Camargue, the characterful Icelandic horses, the strong, black Friesians of the Netherlands and the graceful and playful Lusitanos of Portugal. She is always planning her next photographic horse adventure!
Carys is currently seeking inspiration from horses used is unusual situations – be that racing on the beach front or trawling for shrimps in the sea. She also has a need to feed her addiction to Icelandic horses and her love of the gentle, powerful giants referred collectively to as ‘heavy horses’. She also takes inspiration from both contemporary and past masters of photography. Cartier Bresson’s candid work ignited her passion for the art may years ago. Latterly she admires Jonathan Chritchley’s mastery of black and white photography and Carys is currently exploring how the creative approaches of Valda Bailey and Doug Chinnery can be used to create intriguing equine images.