Wednesday, 14 March 2018

South Wales Region Royal Photographic Society

In November 2017, I was elected as Secretary of the South Wales Region of the Royal Photographic Society. The Royal Photographic Society exists to educate members of the public by increasing their knowledge and understanding of Photography and in doing so to promote tge highest standards of achievement of Photography in order to encourage public appreciation of Photography. The Royal Photographic Society exists to promote photography and image-making and to support photographers in realising their potential, irrespective of tgeir level of knowledge, equipment or skills. It has an international membership. The Society also acts as a public advocate for photography and photographers. The Royal Photographic Society is an educational charity promoting both the art and science of photography. It is a membership organisation but, as a charity, undertakes a significant number of activities for the public benefit. Membership is open to all, irrespective of experience or knowledge. No qualifications are required to join, simply a passion and love for photography or images, its technologies and applications. Find out more here If you wish to become a member you can do so here If you are interested to educate yourself further and pursue one of tge Internationally recognised distinctions then you can find out more here In South Wales we have a number of events coming up in 2018 - check out our regional page by clicking the Regions and Chapters link on the website.

Monday, 13 February 2017

20/20 Vision Publishing

As many of you will know, I am registered self employed as a small business. One of my activities is to publish books. I have ISBNs available to publish books under the banner 20/20 Vision Publishing. If you are interested in having your work published - poetry, prose, art, photography - please get in touch by email to discuss.

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

On The Road in Wales 2015

Two Swedish musician friends, Lolita Ray and Jan Albert Carlsson are heading to Wales between September 23 and September 29 2015. I recorded and filmed them on June 4 in Stockholm. You can check out the recordings on the attached links.

They will be playing concerts in Swansea, Uplands and in Laugharne. Watch this space for more details.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

On the Road in Wales

I haven't posted for a while as I have been otherwise occupied and sometimes a break is what is needed . I thought it was a good opportunity to start in 2014 by mentioning that I have produced a photobook of a tour of Wales made by Izzy Young and Maria Lindstrom. The link below allows previews in full screen and gives some background on Izzy and Maria. If you want to know more let me know after you have viewed...

Monday, 3 June 2013

Crossing the Bar : The Photographer and the Poet : a collaboration

I've just returned from the Isle of Wight. Whilst there, I visited Dimbola Lodge at Freshwater, the former home of Julia Margaret Cameron (1815 - 1879) , the Victorian photographer. It is now a photography museum and stages exhibitions and events. Julia Margaret Cameron took on the challenges of handling large cameras and dangerous chemicals at a time when photography was known as 'The Black Art'. Ignoring conventions, she experimented with composition and focus. Today she is credited with creating the first photographic close-up portraits. Amongst the many portraits she took was of a neighbour in Freshwater, the poet Alfred Tennyson. One of his most famous poems was written on the ferry between Lymington and Yarmouth called 'Crossing the Bar'. The ferry service still runs and is one of three in operation - the others being Southampton to East Cowes : the route we used this time and Portsmouth to Fishbourne.

A past collaboration between a photographer and a poet and a whole community of visitors to the studio to visit a photographer who is seen now as one of the most pioneering of her time, ignoring established conventions socially in her life and pushing the boundaries in technology available.

Crossing the Bar by Alfred Tennyson  (1809 – 1892)

Sunset and evening star,
  And one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar,
  When I put out to sea,

But such a tide as moving seems asleep,
    Too full for sound and foam,
When that which drew from out the boundless deep
    Turns again home.

Twilight and evening bell,
And after that the dark!
And may there be no sadness of farewell,
    When I embark;

For tho' from out our bourne of Time and Place
    The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face
    When I have crost the bar.

Sunday, 19 May 2013

First Flash Fiction

I went to a writing workshop at No 5 Cwmdonkin Drive, the birthplace of Dylan Thomas on 27 October 1914. It will be his 100th birthday next year and parties are already planned in Swansea and afar to celebrate. The house has a special atmosphere and has been carefully restored to how it would have been when the Thomas family were the occupants in the 1920s.
The workshop was part of the Pili Pala Festival literature and music festival held in the Uplands over the last two days to raise money for a charity dealing with drug rehabilitation and alcohol abuse. As part of the workshop, we were given a black and white photograph and asked to apply what we had learnt and write a Flash Fiction. Here's my attempt :
The Car
The last flames were extinguished on the shell of the burnt out Ford Escort. "Lucky it didn't go over the cliff edge" said one of the two attending police officers. "Log book says registered in 1976. Drug dealers I'd say - don't think Mrs Hyacinth Fogarty would have been at the wheel" The officer took a close look at the twisted metal and pronounced "Insurance write-off, one for the knackers yard...there's stuff in the boot though, Harry." The four hands started sifting through an old Kia-Ora orange squash box full of photographs found underneath a beige duffel coat and an Marks and Spencer navy blue wool fisherman's sweater with a toggle missing. "Movie stars - I love these old black and white images". Harry picked up a faded and slightly soggy white card and read  "Edward Browning - a lifetime achievement award in film cinematography - presented by the British Film Institute 28 November 1980...I didn't expect to find that...wonder how it got here ?" 

Saturday, 27 April 2013

Exhibition Walcot Mortuary Chapel Bath July 8-14 2013

Once again in 2013, I will be exhibiting some of my photographs with our group of artists : Rose Davies, Melanie Ezra, Kara Seaman, Owen Martin and our guest artist from Bath, Jeni Wood. We are known as Commensalis, which derives from a Medieval Latin word meaning working together in an informal way towards a common goal or end. The location of our exhibition will once again be in Walcot Mortuary Chapel, Bath. The chapel is owned by Bath City Council and rented out for use by artists for visual and performance art events. This year we have decided to raise some funding from a crowdfunding source and to date we have reached 50% of our target of £750. It isn't easy for artists to obtain official funding in the current economic climate and we are very appreciative of the support from our generous backers. If you would be kind enough to support us, please go here to vist our donation site on We are really appreciative of all support we receive!