WW1 event – Pembrey Country Park

I attended a WW1 event at Pembrey Country Park over the May bank holiday. It was hosted by Yeoman Great War; a clutch of well-equipped and uber motivated men and women who are eager to talk about WW1 and the role that their character played in the conflict. I am constantly in awe of the participants of history reenactors, who give up their time to impart their knowledge and passion for their interest in our history. In particular the wayRead more

Gilsland Flaneur

Gilsland is a small village just a few miles east of the farm house we were renting near Brampton in Cumbria. Upon entering the village is a small free car park on the right-hand side for about a dozen cars, presumably for visitors to experience and walk a section of Hadrian’s Wall (fig #1) across the road. Tragically the Wall is truncated by a house and garden at his point. I can’t help wondering at what point did we, theRead more

Hurstwood Flaneur

The last stop on our tour of northern England was Hurstwood, which is a beautiful little hamlet on the outskirts of Burnley. The settlement consists of a handful stunning Elizabethan properties including the once-home of the poet Edmund Spencer, Hurstwood Hall, which I believe now provides B&B accommodation. We stayed in a charming little cottage, which may have been erected for the construction workers of the Hurstwood reservoir, which was built in 1925.  Typically, my Flanéur is inspired by casual observationsRead more

Super Heroes

I now know why they are called Super Heroes. I was so impressed with the way in which all the characters interacted with the kids. It’s said that we “shouldn’t meet our heroes”, and many of the children were clearly overwhelmed with coming face-to-face with their Super Hero. But in each case, the Super Hero ensured that the child was comfortable and enjoyed the moment and engaged in an activity that they could relate to and enjoy and hold aRead more

Harbour Iron

My objective in producing this body of work is to celebrate the aesthetic quality of Burry Port’s maritime structures, to highlight the patina, the intricate design of the iron work and to signify their historic and heritage value. It is all too easy to walk pass the town’s history without noticing these edifices, assuming that they will always be there, but without knowing the future of our harbour. I consider the harbour to be the heart of Burry Port’s heritage.Read more

Cychod Marwaidd Llangwm – Dead Boats of Llangwm

Llangwm is a small village of approximately 450 properties, adjacent to the River Cleddau, which feeds into the Milford Haven estuary. There’s a lovely slipway into the river, which is known as Black Tar or Black Tar Point, which is illustrative of the days when Pembrokeshire had a large fleet of small fishing vessels that caught herring, the tar was used to keep the small boats watertight. Llangwm, or Langum, as pronounced by the non-Welsh residents, is a lovely, friendly,Read more

Golygfedd o’r Pla Du

I was able to pursue my passion for photographing live performances with an invitation to capture a dress rehearsal of ‘Golygfeydd o’r Pla Du’. This Welsh language play was being performed at the Ffwrnes Theatre in Llanelli. The Ffwrnes is a favourite theatre of mine, I particularly enjoy the intimacy of the Stepni Stiwdio, which has seating for up to 100 people, with what they call ‘hovercraft technology’. However, for the performance of Golygfeydd o’r Pla Du the Crochan wasRead more

Blacksmith

I’ve been looking for a long while for a genuine artisan blacksmith who works out of an authentic forge and has a genuine passion for the art of blacksmithing. Through research and recommendation, I discovered David Harland who has a wonderful atmospheric forge in an old cow shed in Porthyrhyd, Carmarthenshire. David had purposefully delayed lighting the forge until I arrived to enable me to witness the ethereal pall of smoke that emanated from the cowling with the sunlight producingRead more

Welsh artists; Environmental Portraits

I was commissioned to produce Environmental Portraits of seven Welsh artists for a printed publication. It was such a privilege to work these committed, talented artists who eagerly engaged and collaborated on the project. The project was funded by Arts Council Wales. Lowri Davies: https://www.contemporaryceramics.uk/makers/lowri-davies/ Sian O’Doherty: https://sianodoherty.co.uk Lee John Phillips: https://www.leejohnphillips.co.uk/#illustrator-maker See also: https://raysphotos.net/2016/03/25/lee-john-phillips/ Mari Thomas: https://marithomas.com Brendan Stuart Burns: http://www.brendanstuartburns.co.uk Huw Alden Davies: https://www.huwdaviesphotography.com Mandy Lane:  https://mandylanesculpture.wordpress.com See also: https://raysphotos.net/2016/03/20/dead-paper/Read more