About me

I graduated with a BA Documentary Photography course at the University of South Wales in July 2018. This course was established by the world renown Magnum photographer, David Hurn in 1973. I have a background in industrial sales, Defence Logistics and running a SME and I’m a Canine Behaviourist. I have a HND in Business & Finance and a Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing.

Contact me: raysfotos@yahoo.co.uk or 07879 370 257

Commissions: 

2020: February – to photo-document a fashion show of Refugees and Asylum Seekers, Swansea Grand Theatre

2020: March – NAWR. Stiwdio. Teacher training workshop. Glynn Vivian Art Gallery and Volcano Theatre, Swansea

2020: January – NAWR. Stiwdio. Two-day teacher training workshop. Llandudno

2019: August – NAWR. Criw Celf workshop, Oriel Myrddin Gallery, Carmarthen

2019; July – NAWR. Criw Celf workshop, Coleg Sir Gar, Carmarthen

2019: July – NAWR. Performance of the ‘Lion King’ at special needs school

2019: July – NAWR. ‘Lost Words’ sharing symposium

2019: June – NAWR. ‘Secret Life of Objects’. Amgueddfa Ceredigion Museum, Aberystwyth

2019: May – NAWR commission to produce Environmental Portraits of artists for schools project.

2019: May – Volcano Theatre, Swansea commission to document building and presentation of ‘What Makes a Home?’ project.

2019: March – NAWR commission to document Creative LEGO workshop in Gower College, Swansea.

2019: March – NAWR commission to document Lost Words workshop at Carmarthen museum.

2018: Engage Cymru. Two day commission to document the activities at Dementia Friendly Galleries workshops in Carmarthen and Swansea.

2017: To photo-document the decommissioning of Cefn Coed psychiatric hospital in Swansea, producing workplace portraits of all the staff

2017: To produce a set of images documenting the work of Gwendraeth Arts Lab who provided a series of free Sketch Book Walks and obtained funding to produce a mural at the Kidwelly Industrial Museum

2017: To photo-document the construction of a Welsh language school in Burry Port

2016: National Lottery funded Heritage Trail, providing hi-res images for interpretation panels and web site.

Competitions:

February 2016: Harman Ind. Ltd. Interpretation of ‘Saturday Night at the Movies‘. Runner-up

Exhibitions:

June 2020: Invited to exhibit Sofa to Shed at the Senedd in Cardiff during Men’s Health conference.

June ~ September 2019: Uncertainty & the Unknown.Institute of Mental Health, Nottingham.

June 2019: What Makes a Home? Swansea High Street

July 2018: Solo exhibition Sofa to Shed at the Cardiff M.A.D.E. gallery.

2018: Solo exhibition – ‘Gordon‘, at Studio 46 in Burry Port with a collection of images from a University-set assignment to produce a PhotoBook.

December 2016: ‘Communities‘ photo-exhibition in response to University-set assignment with fellow students at the YMCA in Cardiff.

August 2016: The Powerhouse Gallery, Llandysul

August ~ September 2016: The Conference Centre, St. Pancras Hospital,  London, NW1 OPE.

May 2016: ‘Art of Caring’.  The Rose Theatre, Kingston

August 2015; The Powerhouse Gallery, Llandysul

Articles and publications:

Royal Photographic Society: May 2020 –What Makes a Home?

BBC: August 2018 – ‘Sofa to Shed’

PhotoBooks:

May 2017: ‘Gordon’ a collection of images depicting the life of an elderly gentleman.

Continuous Professional Development (CPD)

May 2020: Royal Photographic Society; Photo-Therapy symposium

April 2020: Royal Photographic Society; Creative Storytelling in Landscape Photography

February 2020: Quality in Art Workshop, University of South Wales, Cardiff

October 2019: Master-Print Workshop, Brecon

Two-day intensive printing workshop on colour management and digital photographic inkjet printing.

September 2019: Photography Writing Workshop, Bath – Colin Pantall

Code of Practice:

Values and Behaviours

Personal values, behaviours and aptitudes that underpin my work:

  • I employ flexibility in terms of approach according to the needs of my ‘subjects’
  • I am organised and punctual
  • I am honest and trust-worthy
  • I encourage and inspire ‘subject’ creativity and self-expression

Professional Competence

Artist Practice

  • I have undergone training in my artistic medium
  • I continue my education with Continuous Professional Development (CPD) in both theory and practice
  • I am committed to Continual Creative Development
  • I seek opportunities to innovate, extend and develop my practice at all times

Participatory and Therapeutic Arts Practice

  • I ensure that I understand the needs of participants and ‘subjects’
  • I respect the rights, dignity and values of my ‘subjects’
  • I recognise that relationships with ‘subjects’ and clients are built on mutual respect
  • I am able to work with ‘Others’
  • I understand appropriate boundaries and safety

Continuous Professional Development (CPD)

  • I am committed to personal and professional development
  • I have an on-going commitment to reflective practice and continual learning and development
  • I attend appropriate professional conferences and networking events

Professional Conduct

  • I am skilled at working in interdisciplinary contexts, including education, teacher training and refugees
  • I am committed to developing an ongoing understanding of the varied professional contexts in which I work
  • I understand and observe all necessary personal and professional boundaries
  • I understand the limitations of my own competence, training and experience and obtain advice and support where necessary
  • I ensure fitness to practice by taking good care of myself both mentally and physically
  • I am committed to ensuring that I have appropriate supervision and support where necessary
  • I ensure that I dress appropriate to the context in which I am working, including Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Health and Safety

  • I am committed to ensuring that I receive full induction to a project especially with regards to Health and Safety, colleagues, organisational protocols and current regulations
  • I am committed to ensuring an up-to-date understanding of safeguarding needs
  • I undertake appropriate Risk Assessments when planning projects
  • I have appropriate DBS clearance
  • I maintain profession and boundaries with clients and ‘subjects’

Management and Governance

  • I endeavour to ensure that a clear brief is obtained before any work is undertaken
  • I endeavour to ensure that contracts are in place for all work undertaken
  • Where a commission doesn’t not offer a contact, I draw up an agreement around the scope of work, the aims of the project, dates, venues etc. in addition to fees and expenses
  • I charge appropriate day rates based on Arts Council of Wales recommendations in order to ensure a sustainable practice

Reporting and Evaluation

  • I keep accurate records as required
  • I always obtain necessary consent for use of artwork and photographs
  • I respect ‘subjects’ rights to anonymity

 

3 responses to About me

  1. Chris says:

    Hi Ray, I have used our IPad to view your work, and have been impressed. Will follow your blog. Love to you and Roz.

    Liked by 1 person

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