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

Tish Murtha

       I attended the excellent Tish Murtha exhibition at the Photographers’ Gallery in London.             Murtha was a student of David Hurn on the Documentary Photography course at the Newport College of Art. The exhibition covers her work from 1976 to 1991 and includes six major bodies of work from her oeuvre.             Her first project was Newport Pub, which was in response to a set assignment. The subjects were the ‘regulars’ of a pub in a ‘deprived’ areaRead 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