As well as the more traditional and often dramatic seascapes that can to viewed on the beaches of Gower, there are many hidden miniature seascapes waiting to be discovered, many on a daily basis as the tides ebb and flow.
4 impressions of Langland Bay have been added to my ongoing project “Gower Impressions”
I have for a long time been wanting to create a series of images using only a mobile phone and the square image format. During 2018 I was fortunate enough to live in the Gower village of Murton and this gave me the opportunity to spend many hours walking around the local bays and footpaths. This, the initial phase in the development of this gallery, concentrates on those images captured during 2018 and covers Mumbles to Three Cliffs Bay.
Project “valley” sits alongside “plateau” as a collection of impressionist style images photographed in and around the Swansea Valley. For many years I lived in the small village of Ynystawe and recently moved across the valley to Glais. From Ynystawe, on the north-western slopes of the valley, there are often fabulous sunrises to view over Mynydd Drumau. Then in Glais, from the top of Graig y Pal, there are far reaching views in all directions. Most of this project is inspired by those valley views. The single addition is an autumnal view across the Upper Lliw Reservoir.
Both projects share the same camera technique. I use a shutter speed longer than 1/4 second, coupled with a sweeping horizontal movement of the camera as the image is taken. The combination of camera movement and the relatively long exposure time create an impression of the “true” scene.
(below: a blanket of early morning mist covers the valley in a view from Ynystawe)
My photography is sometimes connected or maybe inspired by music, and this is indeed the case with projects “plateau” and “valley”. These two pieces of music, full of ambient textures and rich in colour can be found on the album “Orbus Terrarum” by The Orb. “Plateau” is my interpretation of an upland region known as the Gwrhyd, set high above the north-western slopes of the Upper Swansea Valley. It is a remote, sparsely populated area with isolated farms, an old chapel, ancient stone walls, solitary trees and of course the odd sheep. The weather here can change almost without warning and the narrow single-track road can become awash with surface water. There are no views into surrounding valleys from the Gwrhyd, rather the views are far reaching across valley tops in all directions, the Black Mountain at the western end of the Brecons Beacons being the backdrop to the north.
(below: the view looking north to the Black Mountain from the Gwrhyd)