Through The Lens Festival of Photography would not have existed if it wasn’t for the initial idea by Steven Kilmartin; the founder for this project. At the time, Steven felt that a celebration of all things photographic needed to come to Hastings, to complement the town’s celebrated artistic creativity. As Hastings currently has some wonderful art and photographic groups and a plethora of creative minds, it seemed an ideal location to launch this event, and bring the towns of Hastings and St Leonards to the fore in terms of photographic representation.
Steven quickly recruited wife Jo, an experienced event’s organiser, to assist with coordinating the event, invaluable as Festival demands began to grow and develop even further than initially expected! Thanks to Jo, things happen when they should, schedules are adhered to and communications are kept lovely and open!