Fluellen Theatre Company, Swansea

Continuing my quest to gain some photo skills in the film and theatre industry I contacted the Fluellen Theatre Company director to request an opportunity to photo-document a dress rehearsal. The performance was based on the Dylan Thomas’‘A child’s Christmas in Wales’. The whole evening was an amazing experience; the entire troupe was so professional and committed to the performances, and yet it was evident how much they were enjoying themselves. I tried to stay professional and detached, concentrating onRead more

Hamletmachine

I have managed to obtain a position as an unpaid Stills Photographer on a movie to be shot in London in January 2020.  The subject is one that is of great personal interest to me; the men and woman who live on our streets with their companion dogs and the benefits that are gained from this relationship. To equip me with some rudimentary skills to fulfil the role of Stills Photographer I am in contact with several organisations to gainRead more

BBC Antiques Roadshow

Roz and I visited the BBC Antiques Roadshow at the National Botanic of Garden Wales in Llanarthne, Carmarthenshire. This most popular of BBC programmes has been part of my TV viewing life since the dawn of television in my parents’ home several decades ago and having an opportunity to attend this British institution on my doorstep was not to be missed. The day started out with heavy rain and wind so we delayed our departure until the weather calmed-down. AlthoughRead more

‘… could the grass remember?’

I visited the amazing Toril Brancher photography exhibition ‘… could the grass remember?’at National Trust Dinefwr. (NT) All the images are beautifully printed. The blacks are ‘BLACK’! Each plant is picked-out in subtle, pale hues and draws you into the scene, enveloping you with calmness and serenity. There are two large, mounted photographs, approximately 80cm square (fig #1). I felt an immediate connection with these images and I could easily see them adorning my lounge wall, adding a sensation of tranquilityRead more

Swansea High Street

It’s been on my mind for a few years to create an Flâneur on Swansea’s High street. I wanted to record the amazing architecture that is only just hanging-on and to photo-document the rapid change to the shop fronts as the sad, neglected heritage buildings are torn down to build something new and transient. (fig.#1) My friend Sarah-Jane was holding her MA exhibition at 211 High Street, so it seemed appropriate to combine a visit to her show with myRead more

Molly Parkin

  In August 2015 I watched the BBC Newsnight and the Kirsty Wark interview of Molly Parkin, I was immediately captivated and intrigued by this enigmatic woman who spoke of Andy Warhol in such a warm and easy manner. Molly Parkin was being interviewed about the Pop-art Retrospective at the TATE Modern. During the interview Parkin described Warhol as a “strange and wonderful creature” and said when she arrived at a party that Warhol would “rush up” to her andRead more

Conceptual Portraits

Last year I was invited to photograph at a psychiatric hospital that was being prepared for demolition. Much of the equipment had been removed, but I was amazed by the number of contextual pieces that were still present; these indicated to me the residency of the hundreds, if not thousands of patients who had passed through the wards that I had access to, and I felt compelled to attempt to represent those people who had resided in the hospital withRead more