A year in their lives @ Cynon Valley Museum

A year in their lives @ Cynon Valley Museum

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Cardiff-based photographer Roy Carr has spent the last year developing a documentary project on sheep farming in south Wales, taking a particular interest in the Cynon Valley where he has worked with three farms.

He charts key events in the farming year: lambing, shearing, hay making, ‘dipping’, selling and winter grazing, sensitively capturing the interaction between people and their animals as he tells the story of a farming year. It's a story which is still ongoing.

There is an intimacy about his photographs which comes from the relationship he developed with the people working the land. This gave him close access, providing an insight into the physical demands as they work in all weathers throughout the year. This posed a number of challenges:

I come from a classical landscape background, influenced by the work of photographers such as Joe Cornish. It was not uncommon for me to spend hours carefully composing an image and waiting for the light. It was a slow, meditative process as I tried to communicate my connection to, and passion for, the outdoors because I have walked, climbed and cycled throughout my life. People hardly ever featured in these photographs and I often resented it if they wandered into my carefully composed image.

This project could not have been more different. People are central to what it’s about. I wanted to capture them and their way of life, so I had to go looking for them and get to know them. My people skills were probably more important than my camera skills. Effectively I was often making photographs in their homes and they could ask me to leave at any time.
— Roy Carr

The project will feed into an exhibition at the Cynon Valley Museum in Aberdare (open Tuesday to Saturday 10am - 4pm) from Friday 14th June until 15th July 2018 showing the majority of images alongside some of Roy's landscape work.

The Cynon Valley Museum is on Depot Road (next to Tesco), Aberdare, CF44 8DL. Tel: 01685 886729.

Roy will also be presenting the work as one of the guest speakers at the #ffotonsocial event on the evening of 20 June in Cardiff.

You can find out more about Roy's work on his new website: www.royscapes.com
Follow him on Twitter @RoyCarrPhoto
Contact him via roycarr6@gmail.com

Ffoton social @ The Old Market Tavern

Ffoton social @ The Old Market Tavern

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It's June!
Time for another #ffotonsocial for photographers.
Continuing our series of talks on self-initiated projects, we're delighted to have two photographers who have invested considerable time and creative juices into very different rural work.

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Jason Thomas

Under the Radar

Having recently gained his Photography BA Degree from Carmarthen School of Art, mature student Jason Thomas will be joining us to delve into his rather lovely final project Below the Radar - a documentation of the people and settings that form the eco-friendly and off-grid communities in West Wales.

In addition to being named student of the year for his hard work, Jason's limited edition zine of the Below the Radar project won the first Carmarthen School of Art Photobook Award. His work has also been included in recent exhibitions in the Carmarthen area.


Sheep image by Roy Carr

Roy Carr

A year in their iives

Cardiff based photographer Roy Carr has spent the last year developing a documentary project on sheep farming in south Wales, taking a particular interest in the Cynon Valley where he has worked with three farms.

His self-initiated project charts key events in the farming year: lambing, shearing, hay making, ‘dipping’, selling and winter grazing, sensitively capturing the interaction between the people and their animals as he tells the story of a farming year in South Wales.

Roy will discuss what inspired him to embark on this (ongoing) project, his approach and process, and the new month-long exhibition of a selection of the work in the Cynon Valley Museum in Aberdare 15 June - 14 July 2018.


And in addition to our guest talks, Q&A and discussion on the night, there will be plenty of time to meet and talk with other photographers - enthusiast and professional - for relaxed photography banter. We always encourage people to bring along and share some of their own work or recent projects - whether it's on your smartphone, sketchbook or self-published zine. It's a friendly and engaging bunch.

#urbanwales zine

A few copies still available!

We want to shift the last few.
Just £2.50 each!

Join us 7pm Wednesday 20 June. Speakers start 7.30pm prompt.

Our venue is:
The Old Market Tavern
20-21 Trinity Street, Cardiff CF10 1BH
(next door to rear entrance to Cardiff Market on The Hayes. From St Mary Street, head towards St John The Baptist Church and the venue is just around the corner on your right)

Access is through the front entrance and we'll be upstairs.
For this event, entry is just £3 per person on the door to help cover venue costs.
 

EPHEMERAL POOLS @ Redhouse Cymru

EPHEMERAL POOLS @ Redhouse Cymru

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Captured over a period of 3 years in a small patch of forestry near his home in the Brecon Beacons National Park, Ephemeral Pools is an exploration of transient views in the landscape by photographer Matt Botwood.

Most people’s perception of the landscape is one of permanence; views which change little over time, reinforced by the fact that so many of them are returned to and photographed again and again. At first glance the landscape around us is fairly static, but the more you look the more changes you notice. It is this continual change that I am drawn to – whether man made or natural.

The images in this series are both physical and metaphorical reflections: all are captured in these ephemeral pools of water reflecting the surrounding forest flora, but they also reflect my own ideas, thoughts and feelings at the time they were made. They are perhaps much less about the subject being photographed and more about my own experiences and emotions.
— Matt Botwood

Ephemeral Pools by Matt Botwood runs 20 July - 18 Aug 2018
REDHOUSE is open to the public Monday to Friday 8.30am – 5pm and Saturday 9:30am – 4:00pm, excluding Bank Holidays. 

Discover more of Matt's work on his website www.mattbotwood.com
Follow him on Twitter @mattbotwood