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

Rhydlewis

Roz and I took a vacation in Rhydlewis, which is near to Newcastle Emlyn in Ceredigion.  The holiday was an attempt for me to unwind and relax after four years at university. I was finding it difficult not be in ‘assignment mode’ and to be in a constant state of ‘turn-in’ dates and having a need to ‘research’ for my next project, instead of reading just for pleasure. The village has a charming Grade 2 listed wooden shop, which isRead more

Aberfan, 50 years on

      I was invited to the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth to discuss a request to research for my current essay ‘Curating Exhibitions’. Curators Will Troughton and Simon Evans had agreed to discuss their role in curating the amazing Philip Jones Griffiths exhibition of 2015. They introduced their astounding collection of photograph prints, 35mm slides, cameras, books and the life of Philip Jones Griffiths. They showed me the care and attention they invest in the remarkable collectionRead more

Our ‘Communities’ Exhibition

    It was a full-on and exhausting day for all of us, but so rewarding and I am delighted to be part of this group; we all helped, encouraged and supported each other. Each of us produced a unique display for our photographs; for example, Anna manufactured a light-box with acetate images of her subjects, a group of actors and Philip created a light-tight, tent-like enclosure to display photos of his role-play characters. We all chose an induvial approachRead more

Bauta Exhibition

As the day of our ‘Communities’ exhibition draws near we are all busy with the final preparation of our six individual photographic projects for our University assignment. My friend Tim Swain has given me access to his recently opened art gallery in Burry Port, ‘Studio 46’. This has enabled me to assembly the Medieval rope bed I manufactured to display my exhibition photographs and prepare a sequenced layout of my prints. The subjects for my project have been the CardiffRead more

Cardiff Castle Garrison

The class I’m in at the University of South Wales (USW) where I’m studying Documentary Photography has been tasked with creating individual bodies of work on the subject of ‘Communities’. As a group we have adopted the name Bauta to describe our project as we are documenting Role Play communities. We are diligently producing work for an exhibition scheduled for 16th December at the YMCA in Cardiff. For my group I have selected the Cardiff Castle Garrison; this group is aRead more