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

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

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

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

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

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