30 years ago, photographer Roger Tiley documented the people, industry and struggles of the South Wales coal mining valleys and, over the past 2 years, has revisited the area to make new portraits of former miners and their families.
To give his images a raw sense of place and context, Roger is placing his new images on former coal landscapes and re-photographing them, resulting in 6x4 feet images (20 in total) hung on walls and corrugated panels around the Big Pit Mining Museum site in Blaenafon.
Roger, originally from Crosskeys but now living in Ystradgynlais, reflects, "I began taking photos of the pits whilst I was in my early 20s". During the miners strike of 1984/85 he photographed the dispute in great depth and his images were published around the world. "I always wondered what had happened to all those lovely people I'd photographed, thus I decided to try and find some of them and make new portraits. I thought the 80's may have been a distant memory in the former mining communities, but that was not the case".
Thirty Years Ago images will be available to view from tomorrow 15th July 2015 at the Big Pit site until the natural weather reclaims them as an integral memory of the historic site.
Some of the Thirty Years Ago images are available to view via an online e-Book on ISSUU.