Whenever Garry Stuart got a chance he picked up his Nikon F, loaded it with Tri-X film and walked the streets of Bangor, especially the Hirael district.
This area of North Wales had connections to the Penrhyn Slate Quarries and Port Penrhyn where most of the locals had worked until the demand for Welsh slate diminished. During holidays and weekends Garry worked at Royston Photographic Camera, owned by Ronnie Aggent. Ronnie took him under his wing and they had many discussions on photographic styles during the store’s quieter moments.
Most of the photographs were shot during 1976 when Garry was a post grad MSc student at UCNW Bangor, he was 21 years old. Forty years later these photographs have captured a brief moment in time in a North Wales community, which was undergoing change. How different life looked back then.
Oriel Colwyn, (Upstairs at Theatr Colwyn)