The lovely Kickplate Gallery in Abertillery hosts the new 'How green was my valley' exhibition by photographer Ron McCormick documenting the changing landscape of the valleys post-industrial era.
It was to take the disaster at Aberfan and the decline of the coal industry to focus attention on the environmental problems of the South Wales Valley. The mines and spoil heaps that characterised the region have now largely gone replaced by a landscape of "pre-pack" industrial estates and retail parks.
Today the valleys landscape projects a fresher, greener face and few under the age of 40 will remember the black industrial landscape depicted in McCormick's historic record. In this exhibition he has documents the vanished industrial landscape with a measured eye for the history and culture of the region. An eye that records not only the minutiae of redundant industries and threatened valley communities but also examines the emerging new landscape with a surprising visual elegance.
DOCUMENTARY photographer Ron McCormick has been recording the landscape and towns of South Wales since the mid-1970s when he made his first visit to Merthyr Tydfil on assignment for NEW SOCIETY magazine. A leader in his field, he was appointed artist in residence at Newport College of Art in 1977 and spent his time photographing the South Wales Valleys and documenting the changing landscape as the mines and steel works closed.
'How green was my valley' has its preview opening Saturday 3rd September 12 - 4 pm.
All welcome and admission is free.
You can read a recent review of the work by Nigel Jarrett on Wales Arts Review