Frances Smith – New photographic exhibition opening in March

Local photographer Frances Smith is opening a new exhibition, titled Sea Fever.

This new photography exhibition will open at the Inner Street Market Buildings and will run from Thursday 3rd March  to Monday 21st March. The exhibition is free and is open Monday to Saturday from 9am until 6pm.

Saline Pier, Cobo, Guernsey

“I have been interested in photography for some years, and for the past six years I have been studying for a photography degree through distance learning with the Open College of Creative Arts.

Born and bred in Guernsey, from an early childhood I have had an affinity to the sea – be it on it, in it or by it. I can never be far from it for long, come rain or shine! Photographing the sea in all its moods and guises is my passion, and along with the poem “Sea Fever” by John Masefield, which has a special place in my heart, it is the inspiration for my final portfolio. These photographic artworks are the culmination of a long and at times, arduous journey. I would now consider myself to be an abstract expressionist, and am proud to exhibit these images as my homage to the mighty ocean – a metaphor of life.”

Sea Fever Exhibition – Frances Smith

“These photographic artworks are my abstract expression of the moods of the sea. They are a representation of my personal relationship with the mighty ocean. A celebration of the sea and a symbolic depiction of our journey through life the memories, the emotions and the spirituality. The poem ”Sea Fever” by John Masefield has been my inspiration. It evokes memories, reflects my reverence for the ever-changing mighty ocean, and it echoes the influence the sea has on my daily life.”

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Sea FeverJohn Masefield (1924)

I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,

And all I ask is a tall ship and star to steer her by,

And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,

And a grey mist on the sea’s face, and a grey dawn breaking.

I must go down to the seas again for the call of the running tide,

Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;

And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,

And the fay flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.

I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,

To the gull’s way and the whale’s way, where the wind is like a whetted knife;

And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow rover,

And a quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over.


Sever Fever & MeFrances Smith (2015)

The sea has many guises.

It can be powerful and strong, or calm and serene.

It is a fluid volatile phenomenon, oft changing by the hour.

Sometimes an iridescent aqua-marine, at others a vibrant sapphire blue.

On a dull rainy day the ocean colour takes on a heavy, dull grey hue.


I never tire of watching the sea.

Be it summer or winter, the ocean waters always have a fascination.

The ebb and flow of the tide, the surge of the waves on the shore,

The light dancing on the shallow waters when all is calm

Reflections of island life.


The feeling of spray in your face. The gentle ripple of the water beneath your feet,

Invigorating, magical, and carefree.

Swimming in the sea is re-vitalising, uplifting- the feel good factor

The freedom and joy one feels when being on the sea is like no other.

Exhilarating, liberating, breath-taking.


The taste of the salt, the smell of the vraic,

The sound of the crashing waves on a stormy day, the gulls swooping up above

And in the aftermath, collecting driftwood, sea glass and shells.

I love to be beside the clear, clean waters of the Guernsey sea

And will never tire of our ever-changing coastal vista.


Sea Fever –  Inner Street Market Buildings  – Thursday 3rd March  to Monday 21st March. The exhibition is free and is open from 9am to 6pm.


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