Project “valley” sits alongside “plateau” as a collection of impressionist style images photographed in 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. This project is inspired by those valley views.
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)