Click On Cymru @orielcolwyn

Click on Cymru at Oriel Colwyn

I’m a Youth Worker for Conwy County Council in Colwyn bay. I’ve been teaching a group of 8 young people about Photography over the past few months as part of Cwl Cymru. We have been working together on their connection or importance of being Welsh. We have photographed in North wales

  • Betws Y Coed
  • Llandudno
  • Llanwrst
  • Colwyn Bay
  • Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch
  • Bangor

We also took the group down to Cardiff Bay for a Weekend. Where we also took some photos

We have been lucky to get a space at Oriel Colwyn from the 11th January. Which we are followed by the excellent Tom Wood and Mike McCartney after him. So im really chuffed to be able to finish the project in such style. Make sure you check out http://orielcolwyn.org/ above the theatre and the great work Paul Sampson is doing.

Hopefully see you there

Llandudno Welcomes You

sea

Llandudno welcomes you’ as the sign says reaching the brow to he hill at Penrynside. Always sticks in my mind. Such an iconic sign for the area, hence its recent renovation. However when all the glitz and pomp post extravaganza ad summer merriment. Clandudno becomes a cold lonely place until march. In simple terms we still go about our ways just with more parking spaces. The contestant for me is the sea. It’s always here, always different! The Horizon line never changes. Always when i look out to see it makes me think of Mark Rothko. it cuts you in half

Crossing The Sunken Village of Llys Helig

Orme View

 

 

Mist over the estuary of the river conwy sunlight peaks through the diffused clouds, showing the fertile fields of the now sunken village Llys helig.

 

Built on firm foundations images

 

 

 

 

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As I have previously mentioned I went to the quarry in North Wales. this was one of the themes I was thinking about while I was up there. the building look over 100 years old. it’s at the end of a track at the back of Llanfafirfechan but actually entrance to the modern quarry is from Penmaenmawr. It felt strange up there. I would not sat ghostly but unloved. Walking time has had little influence on the grass path ways. I really liked the views of anglesey from up there. It was nice to see the Great Orme in Llandudno and puffin island off pen mon in detail rather than speeding past them out of a window on the A55 on a train or in a car. One of Conwy little gems just off the Welsh coastal path

Although they where dilapidated in place the rocks looked like they had been placed on the floor in order

Three Thought’s…

I had some good thinking time over the Christmas break and this what i come up with. It was filmed above Penmeanmawr quarry in Conwy North Wales. It’s great it has that on top of the world feel

Heres the words from the video

Three Thoughts

spent like taught timber,
i leave my slumber.
unhappy i repine.
there are many points,
all of which i plunder.

burst the ballyhoo.
in the clearing its dark.
no red brest.
just the longest legs.
branches make me rethink.
evergreen the pine waves.
i know that man in the dark,
i feel safe again he looks out for me.

returning to this warmth.
a strange sensation, i felt like an island.
unknown to where, a week later i see it on the horizon.
out at sea me safe under the tree.
thoughts so clear even the unattainable is changeable.
falling sleepy at last I’m one with me.

 

Alan Whitfield, Artist of the day for Blinc International Digital Arts festival

Christie HD18K Data and video projector for Hire
Christie HD18K Data and video projector for Hire (Photo credit: AV Hire London)

 

 

Conwy Castle, Wales
Conwy Castle, Wales (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

http://blincdigital.com/?page_id=1230

 

After my adventures in digital projection last year on conwy castle. I have pushed on with my poetic endeavors for this years blinc digital arts festival. I will be talking over the cob between Llandudno junction and conwy with some interesting props and tale of a man who came to stay…

 

Engaging with social media will take a big part in my installation so remember #noirconwy

 

 

Steps, Philosophy and WordPress

Believing in progress does not mean believing that any progress has yet been made. Franz Kafka

Well a belated Happy New Year…

Or is just another step in the right direction. I knew I loved this image before I even took the photograph. Maybe I need to think more along the lines of seeing is believing. I often see what I have done but can’t believe that I did it.

If you look closely at the step you can see me clinging to the bottom step. Looking behind me to see that the tide is not encroaching me in the same way that my mind often does. You don’t see where the steps take you as I know not what awaits me around the corner. Returning to the tide that comes in and goes out. I guess I’m the same  I will always take photographs just in different styles some in a high state of mind some in low state of mind either rough or smooth.

I seem to have many directions at the start of the year in front of me to help steady foot my way to the top of the stairs. Yet unlike last year, no clear goals. I have a busy month with an exciting opportunity in  Colwyn Bay which is setting itself aims and objectives that can only challenge may vision and ethos for the good, while working in a totally new way. I have my work in the Galleri Open in Caernarfon at the end of this week. I also have some positive Filmic accessions to get excited about. oh and just reward in one area. I feel was disclaimed the attention it deserved by the powers that had more than enough opportunity than to just let it be!

Anyway Onwards

Grid Iron 2

Grid Iron 2 is my second collection of metal grills and vent covers. Its funny  im getting some really funny looks off people as I lean to the floor camera in hand seemingly taking a picture of nothing. Ha I hear you cry! Little do they know? This work is from Conwy, Hereford and Abergele.

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Tides

TIDES

Lorys Hughes, Dieppe littoral enclave,  traffic choked in its walls,

buckling under load Christian & Nielsen added transport to draw…

As a Jacdaw flies onwards over the wall where inner battles once raged,

to a far corner of a sanded shore springs a millionaires playground,

we await The Mulberry Harbor secret to be told.

Tidal high waves come so close like circles shimmering conwy’s story no-one knows.

Sound breaks the silences, like a distant scratch to the ear,

as cars go by but not near the cubes and tarmac under rivers roar,

to Ireland by night or Chester by morning.

The rill’s plethora held back from the eye looking as old keeping harbor stories of Wales constructing glory

Image by Chris Bird


PHOTOTERNATIVE WALES

I have been approached by a photographic Collective to display work in Llandudno Conwy Arts Service have offered us an exhibition Early Sept – end Oct 2011 at Llandudno Library or Early November – end Dec 2011 at Llandudno Library

The Project has been run by Chris Bird who is the Gallery Assistant at Rhyl library

Here are the links to different areas we are displaying out work

http://www.flickr.com/groups/1515171@N22/

http://photernative-wales.tumblr.com/

We are applying to be in Helf Gelf as well http://www.helfagelf.co.uk/ this is normally around september time

This is very exciting as there are a lot of people involved that i have great respect for

We have a project to create image based on the word hats with either an old camera or one bought for under £5. We have 36 images to document this point

Hopefully i will have some more news soon…

 

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