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. The area is also 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, creative village with a veryRead 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

Lucy and Rob’s Wedding

I was invited, with my wife, to the wedding of a lovely couple – Lucy and Rob. Rob had the great idea of adding a theme, of the wearing a hat, to the dress code. I managed to photograph just a few of the wonderful guests in an impromptu studio in the wedding marquee. It was great to witness and capture some of the lovely hats that were worn.  Read more

It’s My Shout – Hen Wragedd A Ffyn

I was delighted to be invited to provide the Unit Stills Photography for a second BBC Welsh language film; Hen Wragedd A Ffyn. ‘Hen Wragedd A Ffyn (Old Wives and Sticks) is a short drama about the power of friendship and a young girl’s resilience.’ The storyline of this film is based around the hypothesis of the grounds of a Swansea hotel as a psychiatric hospital and employs the magnificent Mumbles pier as a dramatic backdrop, the historic Swansea BayRead more

Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival

I was invited to photo-document a Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival at Gigi Gao’s Favourite Authentic Chinese Restaurant in Swansea Marina. The event was organised for senior citizens by the Chinese in Wales Association (CIWA) in Swansea who had been self-isolating during Covid-19 and unable to socialise with friends. CIWA organise programmes to improve ethnic Chinese residents’ wellbeing especially the most vulnerable people. The performance was was provided by a group of dedicated  volunteers from the community and the delicious vegetarian mealRead more

It’s My Shout – I am One

During my first year of university, we had a lecture by Stills Photographer Giles Keyte, he was such a stimulating and energetic speaker that he inspired me to at least experience Unit Stills Photography. Since graduation in 2018 I have been banging and kicking doors, sending emails and phoning contacts for an opportunity to generate a set of Unit Stills Photographs. Finally, my hard work and tenacity came to fruition; I gained the opportunity to photograph on two BBC productions.Read more

African Textile Workshop

I was invited to attend the African Textile workshop to further my research into diaspora. The workshop, which was organised by Funmi, Uzo, Jo and Maureen was funded by the Arts Council Wales as part of Black History Wales 365 Workshop. It was hosted by Funmi, a Nigerian national, and was held in the Swansea Grand Theatre. When I arrived, there was an on-going Zoom presentation by Chuks Ukabuilu from Nigeria who was passionately describing the significance and special meaningsRead more