Mayor Darkin

David Darkin took his role as Llanelli Mayor very seriously. I initially met David Darkin in August 2018 at the BBC interview of Stephen, who was one of the Men’s Sheds Cymru subjects for my ‘Sofa to Shed’ project. He had run over from his architect’s office in the middle of town to support Stephen and represent Llanelli town. I was immediately impressed with David’s commitment to his role as town Mayor and his energy to sprint to the bowlsRead more

Gordon

Gordon is an octogenarian gentleman who has lived and worked in Burry Port all his life. He was born in a two-bedroomed terrace house, which he shared with his parents and grandparents. In 1939, aged five, he moved with his parents, into a three-bedroomed council house on the same street and attended the Copperworks School in Morlan Terrace in an adjacent street. Gordon impressed me as a very smart and presentable man with a very well tended garden and tidyRead more

Folk Music at The New Neptune

To continue my exploration of the theatre and entertainment world I obtained permission to photo-document a performance of folk music at the The New Neptune in Burry Port. It was a pleasure to spend an evening in the company of passionate men and women who delighted in entertaining us with an interesting and eclectic mix of music.Read more

Lion King

I was invited to photograph a performance of the Lion King at Ysgol Maes Y Coed in Neath, South Wales, which is a school that caters for young people with a variety of complex learning difficulties from the ages of 2 to 19 years. Maes Y Coed is an amazing and very welcoming school with dedicated and caring staff who are committed to supporting the education of all their young people. It was my objective to capture the excitement andRead 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

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

Ludlow

Roz and I have been on another trip; this time we travelled to Ludlow via Hay-on-Wye. From our home it’s a lovely route over the Brecon Beacons to Hay. We spent a few hours investigating the streets and amazing bookshops of Hay, had a disappointing curry lunch at a corner café but later a lovely hot chocolate in a very cozy pub before moving onto Ludlow. In Ludlow we stayed at an amazing tranquil farmhouse in a little hamlet calledRead more

Tour of Britain 2018

The Tour of Britain 2018 started in my ‘back garden’, which provided me with a great opportunity to stroll down to Pembrey Country Park to record the event.  Locating myself at the start of the event on the A484 enabled me to capture the build-up of team coaches, Police motorcycles and outriders and the excitement of the whole event. I was so impressed with the interest shown by local people and one guy I spoke to had travelled over fromRead more