project "valley" / by Ed Morris

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)