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The South Wales Project

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The South Wales Project

Jon Pountney (right) introduces the South Wales Project and fellow members Anna Jones and Siôn Marshall-Waters.

Anna Jones describing some of her work as family members look on.

Formed late 2018 by photographers Jon Pountney, Dan Wood, Rebecca Thomas, Anna Jones and Siôn Marshall-Waters - the South Wales Project announced they would hold a forum on Saturday 13 April 2019 in Ynyshir to explain more about their plans do document the South Wales Valleys and also provide information on how other photographers could contribute to the project.

The above recording was made on the day alongside a recording of Paul Cabuts CHAPEL talk in The Workers Gallery in Ynyshir. The South Wales Project also feature alongside six other photography Collectives in a six page article in Offline Journal Issue #2, published April 2019.

You can follow developments on The South Wales Project and their work via Instagram and Twitter

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Dan Wood & Paul Cabuts: In Conversation

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Dan Wood & Paul Cabuts: In Conversation

Photographers Dan Wood and Paul Cabuts sat down for a conversation on Dan’s work, contemporary photography in the Valleys and Dan’s new book ‘Gap in the Hedge’

Saturday 15th September 2018

Hosted by The Workers Gallery situated in Porth in the Rhondda Valley, this talk seemed a natural extension to Paul Cabuts ‘Valleys Project’ talk at Ffotogallery 31 May 2018 as it promised to explore the ongoing lure of the south Wales valleys in contemporary Welsh photography by one of its own - Dan Wood.

Spookily describing themselves as, “Purposefully NOT publicly funded. The WORKERS is committed to being fully independent & creatively resourceful”, Ffoton couldn’t resist the invitation to visit the Gallery, listen to and record this fascinating talk. Enjoy.

Paul Cabuts introducing the talk in Porth

Paul Cabuts and Dan Wood in conversation - with a selection of work from ‘Gap in the Hedge’ on the walls around them.

Dan’s latest book ‘Gap in the Hedge’ is available to purchase from Another Place Press
See more of Dan’s work and projects on his website www.danwoodphoto.com
Follow Dan on Twitter @danwoodphoto and Instagram @danwoodphoto

View more of Paul's work and read his essays on photography on his website www.paulcabuts.com
Follow Paul on Twitter @PaulCabuts

Images © Brian Carroll

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'Gap in the hedge' : Dan Wood

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'Gap in the hedge' : Dan Wood

Derek the Horseman from 'Gap in the Hedge'. © Dan Wood

Photographer Dan Wood describes the background, process and challenges behind the 2 year project 'Gap in the Hedge' which is about to be launched as his first hardback book.

Ffoton sat down with Dan to hear more about this large body of work and why the ’Bwlch-y-Clawdd’ (Gap in the Hedge) mountain pass connecting the Rhondda Valley to his birth town of Bridgend was something he needed to get out of his system.

 
 

Gap in the Hedge by Dan Wood

132 pp / 250 x 200mm
Hardback, natural cloth cover
Litho, 4-colour process
200gsm Satin paper
Edition of 500

Visit his website www.danwoodphoto.com
Follow Dan on Twitter @danwoodphoto and Instagram @danwoodphoto

 

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Creating Sanctuary

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Creating Sanctuary

Collaborating with the Welsh Refugee Council - Cardiff-based Social Documentary photographer Nigel Pugh formulated his ‘Creating Sanctuary’ project to enable six volunteers from across Wales to share their story and experience of working with refugees in Wales.

Image © Nigel Pugh
Image © Nigel Pugh
Creating Sanctuary looked to identify fundamental human commonalities based around the loose theme of home, work and community, what they mean to us and bring to our lives. Beneath that lay the common thread of purpose, security, family, friends, creativity, camaraderie, healing, sharing loss and grief. In an ‘ideal’ society the ability to access these components is essential when required. The project aimed to illustrate and share those core human requirements, that are being created by those who have volunteered in Wales to assist refugees. Refugees whoever they are, regardless of where they are from, have had those basic human requirements wholly or partly removed. ‘Creating Sanctuary’ also sought to propagate the aspiration that Wales becomes the first ‘Nation of Sanctuary’.
— Nigel Pugh

The resulting exhibition opened in the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay on Wednesday 31 May 2017 and included the presentation of photographic portraits and quotes extracted from the volunteers text contributions in response to a set of questions. The exhibition coincided with 2017's volunteer week and refugee week.

Having contacted Ffoton early on to let us know the project had been awarded Arts Council of Wales funding, we asked Nigel if he'd be agreeable to recording his thoughts and approach prior to starting photography and again on completion of the work. The audio clips below offer some insight to his enthusiasm, thoughts and intended approach before commencing the work; followed by his reflection on the final process and results.

View more of Nigel's work on his website www.nigelpugh.co.uk
Follow him on Twitter @nspugh

Gallery images © Nigel Pugh. Used with permission of the photographer. Podcast images © Brian Carroll

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Q&A Session @ Northern Eye Photography Festival

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Q&A Session @ Northern Eye Photography Festival

Here's the final Question and Answer session at the inaugural Northern Eye International Photography Festival held in Colwyn Bay 14-15 October 2018.
 

Festival guest speakers taking part were:
McCoy Wynne
Bridget Coaker
Roger Tiley
Amanda Jackson
Jonathan Goldberg
Eamonn McCabe


Northern Eye is a collaboration between Oriel Colwyn curator Paul Sampson and EYE International Photography Festival Director Glenn Edwards.

Check the website for information on the next Festival in 2019:
http://www.northerneyefestival.co.uk

And the EYE Festival website for the 2018 event in Aberystwyth:
http://theeyefestival.co.uk


Video © Ffoton

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