Swiss-born photographer Mira Andres is exhibiting her Espy Photography award-winning 'The Black Crows of Borth' at the Elysium Gallery in Swansea 21st October - 19th November 2016. The work is a study of the new generation of women in the small coastal village of Borth near Aberystwyth.
From before the era of seafaring until the mid 20th century, Borth, a coastal village in mid Wales, was an isolated community living mainly from harvesting herring and cockles. Borth is built on an exposed shingle bank, flanked on one side by the Irish Sea with its submerged forest and on the other by the marshlands of Cors Fochno.
It was the women of Borth who walked the cliff path to Rhiw Fawr, through Clarach and over the hill to Aberystwyth to sell their catch. Named by the folk of Aberystwyth and the surrounding communities, the Borth women became known as The Black Crows. This was due to their close grouping, their feisty, independent characters and their fluttering black garments while descending from the hills towards the market town.
The Black Crows of Borth is a photographic composition, with its prevailing roots within the maritime context. It explores the persisting landscape and draws a parallel between past and present to portray a new generation of strong women in the spirit of the matriarchal society of centuries ago. The contemporary Black Crows depend as much on the sea as on each other and their artistic expression as well as their social cohesion is of natural precedence.
The exhibition preview is 7pm Friday 21st October 2016
Exhibition is open Wednesday – Saturday 12 – 5pm and continues until 19th November
For more information on the photographer, visit her website www.miraandres.com