Thru The Lens Photography Gallery was founded by Andra Milsome in October 2019. 

The space was set up by Andra and her co-curator, local photographer Billie Charity to fill a niche in Hay-on-Wye. There are over 15 art galleries in the border book town of Hay, but not one of them shows photography. 

Andra Milsome


I was a fashion and music stylist for many years working with some of the best photographers of the 80s inc Nick Knight, Andrew MacPherson, Matt Meuherin, Mike Owen, Peter Ashworth and Shiela Rock.

I have been a passionate photography collector for many years of both vintage & contemporary works.

When I met my cinematographer husband, Mark Milsome, we decided to move to Wales. Following his tragic death whilst shooting on location in 2017, I settled in Hay, launched and through a series of fortuitous events, ThruTheLens came to fruition.

We are looking forward to many collaborations celebrating a multitude of talent in the future. Please come in & share with us any ideas, your work and visions.

Billie Charity


I am a portrait and reportage photographer, and co-curator at Thru the Lens.


I have exhibited my work at numerous venues in Wales.  Exhibitions have included ‘Women in Farming’ which documented the hard-working women (often unseen) within the farming community, and ‘Your hair is your crown’ which showed numerous photos from hairdressing salons and barber shops around the world. 


My first photo book 'People of Hay' was published January 2020, and consists of 100 photos of people living, working or visiting Hay-on-Wye, taken over a 5 year period. I love travelling and taking street photos, but I also love finding the beauty on my doorstep.  My second photo book 'Colour' was published June 2020.  Both books are available from our gallery shop.

daisy ruse


Daisy is our fabulous gallery assistant and is studying art history at UEA – currently on a gap year. 

Our contributors

John Bulmer
Geraldine Charity
David Collyer
Annabelle Crump
Glenn Dene
Jasper Fforde
Richard Greatrex
Veronika Lavey
Niall McDiarmid
Clive Oxford
Layla Robinson
Paul Smith
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