Expression of You is a 30year living art exhibition, a celebration of the act of sharing in photographic portraits, documentary videos and first-person writing. Now in its 8th year, it features the personal stories and journeys of more than 350 women, age 9 to 85, from around the world. Ashley Karrell had 2 exhibitions at the Leeds Gallery in 2013 and is working towards his next run of gallery sharings starting in March 2019. Over the next 22years, he aims to continue this journey, on a quest to find, explore and share the stories of 10,000 women and 5,000 men from all walks of life.

In Ashley’s words:

‘Expression of You’ is an experiment – not a social experiment but a search for the Truth in all our lives. The only ‘divine Truth’ is that, sometimes, what we see and feel can be spoken without words, yet can become reality because it reflects in our own souls. These are not political Truths, they are not religious Truths, they are people’s Truths – devoid of any political bias, dogma, or fears.

Is this raw power which draws me to women’s Truths? Or is it my search for my own Truth? I aim to work with men in the future, but believe that men are created by women and so should be celebrated first. Can I ever really capture one’s Truth, or existence once the Truth is shared? Is a woman then able to shed their fears, the very shackles that can sometimes prevent them from reaching their full potential? Women are much more than any roles given. I believe that they are life itself – not just mothers, wives, sisters, friends, lovers.

They stood tall.
They were brave.
They are unique.
They are beautiful.
They are every woman.

What’s your Truth…? 




22 May 2013

Expression of You – the Divine Feminine Part II launches 31st May


20th May 2013

Expression of You – the Divine Feminine has it’s first review

Culture Vulture has given a review of Ashley Karrell’s Expression of You – The Divine Feminine at Leeds Gallery. You can read it here.

7th May 2013

Expression of You – the Divine Feminine in Urban Coco magazine

Ashley Karrell’s Expression of You exhibition appeared on the Urban Coco magazine website, read about it here

May 2016

Ashley Karrell’s ‘Good Hair?’ portrait got shortlisted for the best single image award at the Renaissance Photography Prize 2016 http://www.renaissancephotography.org/2016-single-image-finalists/

Dec 2016 

EOY has its first Costa Rica shoot with German Traveler Sarah D.

Sept 2017

EOY hits a new milestone of working with over 300 women from around the world.

Jan 2018

Leeds City College students Freyja Clare & Emily Kinghorn start working with Ashley Karrell on the documentary EOY – A Personal Journey.  This insider documentary reveals for the first time the process, sharing the experiences and feelings of taking part in the project. This film will be submitted for their LCC final year grades.

June  2018

Leeds City College students Freyja Clare & Emily Kinghorn completed working on EOY – A Personal Journey documentary. The tutors praised them for the quality of the film, the amazing journey in the footage and the storytelling. EOY – A Personal Journey documentary will be released in March 2019.

July 2018

EOY hits a new milestone of working with over 350 women from around the world. EOY the books volume 1,2,&3 and further exhibitions will come out in 2019.