The Team

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Martin Bax is the founder and President of the Frome Festival which has just celebrated its twentieth anniversary. Martin enjoyed a long association with both The Royal Shakespeare Company and Anthony Quayle’s Compass Theatre Company. He was a member of Laurence Olivier’s National Theatre Company at the Old Vic in London and later at the Royal National Theatre on the South Bank. While at Stratford Martin created the second theatrical space in the town and ran an experimental late night season with the company. Martin was a Town and District Councillor and a former Mayor of Frome. He is founder and Chairman of Rook Lane Arts Trust a charity dedicated to art and educational projects, and he was awarded the MBE in June 2006 for services to Frome. He has always been a keen photographer, often combining his interest by shooting with the theatre and film companies he was working with.

David Chedgy was a partner at Ellenbray Press the Toy and Stationery retailer in Frome for over 40 years. His photographic journey began after purchasing his first camera back in 1978 and over the years he has progressed, having a wide variety of experience in different styles and genres covering editorial, people portraits, events and stock photography, turning professional two decades ago. His images have made it into numerous media, ranging from local to national papers, magazines and books. David was also a founder of Frome Wessex Camera Club, now Frome Wessex Photographic. Photography is his love, passion, joy . . . . . Obsession – long may it continue.

Hannah Jones is a photographer based in the South West of England. She is the founder of Grace & Wild where she works commercially and is currently completing her MA in Photography with Falmouth University. Hannah has spent several years living in France and Spain and her work is largely inspired by the natural world. She is drawn towards documenting natural aesthetics, colours and textures and works exclusively with natural light. Her work is born from an interest in making connection, to create meaning from her surroundings and to share it with the world. Hannah has worked professionally for a number of brands creating lifestyle and branding photography for the past eight years.

João Diniz Sanches came to professional photography after a career mostly focussed on editorial (magazine and book publishing) and international event production (20+ countries across four continents), but you would have typically found him camera in hand over the past four decades. Life doesn’t always work out the way you plan it, but he got to his destination eventually. While his professional work is centred on people, products, and property, his personal photography often tries to convey a sense of narrative, whether obvious or hidden from first glance – and that’s what ultimately draws him to the work of others.

Mick Yates has been a photographer all of his life. He believes that life is always in motion, every moment creates a sense of place or personality. Having travelled and worked all over the world, his photography is informed by the view that we are more the same than we are different – yet differences reveal stories. Details matter. After decades in global business, working on 6 continents, Mick is now focused on photography. He has published photobooks, and been both an exhibitor and a curator. He is a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society (FRPS), and has an MA in Photography. He also holds an MSc in Consulting and Coaching for Change. Currently, Mick is a Visiting Professor at the University of Leeds, Interdisciplinary Ethics Applied, working on both photographic ethics and data privacy.