One Image: Yellow Strand

A lone walker on the Yellow Strand near Sligo, Ireland

I was pleased to print and ship this photograph to a client for a birthday present this month. In addition to selling prints of images I’ve already made, I am also available to be commissioned for a specific image, landscape or otherwise. So if there’s a special place you’ve always wanted a photograph of please do get in touch via email if you’d like to discuss rates and the photograph you have in mind. 

Yellow Strand is on the western tip of County Sligo. When you get to Sligo town, you have to keep going a bit further north and west, through Drumcliffe where the poet WB Yeats grave lies, and on down some windy lanes and tracks to get to the coast. I have family who live out in this part of Ireland and have fond memories of our times there. The beach was always a treat, even in cloudy weather. When we got cold, we would wrap up in a vivid array of multi-coloured, patterned towels and pretend to be towel camels in the dunes. You have to make the best of it as warm, sunny days are rare. There’s a reason the west coast of Ireland is called the Wild Atlantic Way – it can get quite blustery. 

A good walk blows the cobwebs away. I’ve often wondered what that phrase really means, and I suppose it relates to lethargy, that feeling of having sat doing nothing for a while, long enough for a spider to begin to construct a web. This photograph was made in winter on a Christmas-time visit, so we had to up warm for our walk along the beach. The tide was out, enhancing the feeling of isolation and emptiness. The low, golden sun gave it a magical feeling, but its warmth was rapidly fading. While we were not alone on the beach, the odd dog-walker passing us in the other direction, it certainly felt like we were out in the wilds. With renewed vigour, we returned to my uncle and aunt’s house, an extended country cottage with white-washed walls, surrounded by famers fields, for a cup of tea by the fire. 

I have a small favour to ask. Working on independent, long-term projects is time-consuming and financially challenging, even more so in these difficult times. Many people have decided to pursue a funding model in which the content they produce is only seen or read by subscribers who donate or pay to do so. I have decided to go a different way. I would like to keep my work open for all, So, if you would like to support my work on this ongoing project, or other current and future projects, please consider making a one-time donation, or, if you can, supporting me with a regular amount each month. As little as £1 can go a long way and it only takes a minute. Alternatively, there are other ways you can contribute outlined on the ‘support my work’ page. Buying a print is one way, which provides you with something tangible in return for your investment. There is more information about my prints on this page. If you do not see the specific image you would like in my print shop, please contact me for information. Thank you. 

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One Image: Penrhyn slate quarry, Carneddi, Bethesda

4 July 2021

Black and white photograph of the Penrhyn Slate Quarry in North Wales. In the foreground the houses of the Carneddi in Bethesda can be seen.

Penrhyn slate quarry seen from across the Carneddi in Bethesda

The quarrying of slate is synonymous with North Wales and slate is part of the landscape almost everywhere you go there. Slate from Snowdonia was shipped around the world for roofing and other uses. It is also intrinsically part of the story of several people I have photographed, particularly those in the Slate Valley of Vermont. Janet Bradley Milburn’s Great Uncle, who was also Janice Edwards’ grandfather, emigrated to America on a slate ship that left from the port of Y Felinheli. 

I knew I wanted an image of a slate quarry for this project, and at least one family in my project originally comes from Carneddi in Bethesda. The idea formed that perhaps I could get a view of the quarry from that location. I hiked up the steep lanes that lead up the hills of the Carneddi to look for a vantage point. It was a warm day, so I was soon sweating. 

As I hiked, I started to notice how the roofs of the houses mimicked the interlocking landscape of the mountains. Backtracking my steps, cris-crossing lanes I’d already walked, crouching or standing on gates and walls, I looked at the town and quarry from many different angles. I made quite a few images, but I like the balance of this one. The houses feel like part of the landscape; the people who live in them, part of the land.

I have a small favour to ask. Working on independent, long-term projects is time-consuming and financially challenging, even more so in these difficult times. Many people have decided to pursue a funding model in which the content they produce is only seen or read by subscribers who donate or pay to do so. I have decided to go a different way. I would like to keep my work open for all. So, if you would like to support my work on this ongoing project, or other current and future projects, please consider making a donation, and, if you can, supporting me with a regular amount each month. As little as £1 can go a long way and it only takes a minute. Alternatively, there are other ways you can contribute outlined on the ‘support my work’ page. Buying a print is one such way, which provides you with something tangible in return for your investment. There is more information about my prints on this page. If you do not see the specific image you would like in my print shop, please contact me for information. Thank you.

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Many Voices, One Nation Book

24 June 2021

Cover of the Many Voices, One Nation book

I recently travelled to Ffotogallery in Cardiff for the launch of the Many Voices, One Nation book. The book is a collection of the work that was produced for the two “Many Voices, One Nation” commissions. I’m delighted that images from my project “The Singing Hills” were included. It is great to see it in print. 

My work in the Many Voices, one Nation book

Thank you to Ffotogallery for putting the book together and thank you to the Senedd for the initial commission. There are projects from 19 other photographers and visual artists in the book, and it is well worth exploring their diverse and important work. They are: Abby Poulson, Antonia Osuji, Cynthia MaiWa Sitei, Ethan Beswick, Huw Alden Davies, Jack Osborne, James Hudson, Jo Haycock, John Manley, Jon Pountney, Kaz Alexander, Luce+Harry, Lucy Purrington, Matthew Eynon, Michal Iwanowski, Mohamed Hassan, Nik Roche, Rob Law and Zillah Bowes


I have a small favour to ask. Working on independent, long-term projects is time-consuming and financially challenging, even more so in these difficult times. Many people have decided to pursue a funding model in which the content they produce is only seen or read by subscribers who donate or pay to do so. I have decided to go a different way. I would like to keep my work open for all. So, if you would like to support my work on this ongoing project, or other current and future projects, please consider making a donation, and, if you can, supporting me with a regular amount each month. As little as £1 can go a long way and it only takes a minute. Alternatively, there are other ways you can contribute outlined on the ‘support my work’ page. Buying a print is one such way, which provides you with something tangible in return for your investment. There is more information about my prints on this page. If you do not see the specific image you would like in my print shop, please contact me for information. Thank you.

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