A year in their lives @ Cynon Valley Museum

A year in their lives @ Cynon Valley Museum

Cynon Valley Museum (map)

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 14 June until 21 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

Pioneers of Welsh Pop

Pioneers of Welsh Pop

Milk & Sugar Cafe (upstairs in Old Library) (map)

Showing portraits gathered as part of a second year project whilst studying his University degree in Photography, Tony Charles' Pioneers of Welsh Pop exhibition is currently showing upstairs in the Old Library on the Hayes in Cardiff.

The project captures the pioneers of Welsh pop, rock, folk & entertainment from the 1960's and 70's who helped keep the Welsh language and culture alive.

The 1960s saw an emergence of new Welsh talent pioneering pop, folk and rock music in Wales in the Welsh language.  Some of my friends were involved in that new movement and some I photographed in the 60s and 70s.  Now looking back some 50 years later, I saw an opportunity to photograph some of these Welsh icons for my latest University project.  So, this project is part of my second year University degree course in Photography.  

The module is entitled “Expanding Photographic Possibilities” and with the guidance of my module tutors, Aled Rhys Hughes and Shaun McDermott, I have undertaken a fine art portrait photography project capturing creative images of some of these pioneers of the Welsh Pop, Rock & Entertainment scene.  The big challenge has been how to link past and present themes in the images so that the subjects have some identity established with their past.

This college assignment has involved selected people who have been mentioned to me and who have volunteered to give their time to be photographed.  The final output for my assessment is twelve A3 prints selected from the many portraits taken during this academic year and shown at the end of all the shoots below. 
— Tony Charles

The black and white images were shot in the studios of the School of Art & Design at Cardiff Metropolitan University and the studios at the Arts Academy, Bridgend College, Trade Street, Cardiff.  Some were taken in North Wales at Portmeirion Village.

Full info on Tony's website

The exhibition launched on S4C's Heno programme on 25th June. Watch the S4C broadcast (whilst link is available) here

Images © Tony Charles and used here with permission.

exhale @ 72m² Pontypool

exhale @ 72m² Pontypool

​76m² - 2 Portland Buildings (map)

exhale is a solo exhibition by Stéphane Pellennec, photographer from Brittany, France living and working in Finland. Stéphane’s work captures the experience of facing the vastness of landscape and the seemingly limitless water masses. His predominantly black and white images reflect the fluctuations of light, clouds and air, portraying nature not as a background for human activity, but as a living and dynamic entity.

The Finnish word that Stéphane uses to interpret his work, Äärettömyys, means “without edge, without limit, this is what we know as infinity in English language.

I have the feeling that at least during the laps of a moment, we all can touch the infinity. It’s all happening now, the great adventure of the universe, we are part of it, as atoms, particles turning around. We are the universe. During a lapse of a click, I try to record those moments with my camera.
— Stéphane Pellennec

You can find Stéphane’s photographs on his page: www.aarettomyys.eu
and on facebook facebook.com/aarettomyys.photography

The exhibition runs from Tuesday 17 July – 8 August April 2018.
Opening times: Tue – Thur 10.30 – 17.30 / Wed, Fri, Sat 11:00 – 18:00

2 Portland Buildings
Commercial Street

exhale is the sixth in a series of 9 exhibitions that will be organised in 2018 in 76m2, Pontypool by the*kickplate*project, with the support from the Arts Council of Wales, Torfaen Council's Arts Development and Pontypool Community Council.

Images © Stéphane Pellennec

Find out more about the*kickplate*project via their various online platforms:




twitter: @kickingtheplate

instagram: @thekickplateproject

facebook: the kickplate project

EPHEMERAL POOLS @ Redhouse Cymru

EPHEMERAL POOLS @ Redhouse Cymru


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

The official opening of the show is Saturday 21 July 1-3pm. All welcome.
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