ABOUT ME

Billie is co-curator at a photography gallery in Hay-on-Wye, called Thru the Lens, where she has worked closely with renowned photographers such as John Bulmer, and Niall McDiarmid.  

 

Billie is also an award-winning portrait and reportage photographer. Her work has been exhibited widely throughout Wales and has regularly featured in the press. Her first photo book 'People of Hay' was published January 2020, and she is due to give a talk at Hay Festival.  Her second book 'Colour' was published June 2020. Both launched to widespread acclaim.

"My photography centres on people. Whether in a formal setting or a candid ‘street’ style, capturing the individual characters I encounter is what drives my passion to take photos. I love travelling and taking street photos, but I also love finding the beauty on my doorstep."

 

Billie's clients include the Hay Literary Festival,  the National Trust, the Big Lottery Fund, the Canal and River Trust, the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority, the Poets' Society, Country Living, and Faber. 


Assignments are varied and enriching, and have included working with farmers, celebrities, Gurkhas, dancers, moth experts, musicians, gold medallists, helicopter pilots, poets, fashion models, and castle owners. Billie’s work takes her all over the place: up mountains, under waterfalls, wading through mud and rivers and sheep, and along canals and bustling city streets.  

Billie also takes commissions for family portraits, informal weddings and parties, where her natural, informal style sets her apart from the standard approach to these occasions. 

Billie and her husband moved from London to the Welsh borders in 2003, and they have two daughters. 

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On location in West Cork, Ireland

with Victor the fisherman

BILLIE CHARITY
photographer