Joe James is an emerging photographer, based in Horsham, whose work has quickly gained a strong following on social media. Joe is autistic and is proud of the abilities this gives him. His highly developed eye for detail, ability to learn quickly and in depth, and his unique perspective on the world are all key to his skills as a photographer.
Last year, whilst struggling with depression and anxiety, Joe found a great deal of comfort in walking in the local countryside. He wished to find a way of capturing the memories of these experiences, and photography seemed a natural choice. Having watched instructional videos online, Joe ventured out with his camera to take some photos. ‘Pony Heaven’, one of the first images that Joe ever captured, received great acclaim on social media which inspired him to develop this new skill.
Thanks to the support of his family, friends, and his new-found online following, Joe feels that his mental health has never been better.
In this exhibition at Horsham Museum & Art Gallery, Joe shares his treasured memories and captured moments through a combination of his photography, and a series of accompanying poems.
Joe has given Free Artist Talks in July, in which he shared his experiences of autism; Further talks will be held in the Museum Library at 11am and 1pm on 24 August. There are only 20 spaces available per talk, so please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your space.
The proceeds from the sale of framed prints on display will be donated to Maryland Ponies, a Horsham charity that rescues and cares for neglected ponies.
Horsham Museum & Art Gallery is open Monday- Saturday 10am – 5pm, free admission. www.horshamuseum.org