Diary - Entry Two

The cliffs at Monknash in the Vale of Glamorgan. Zenza Bronica S2A, Kodak Ektar 100.

The cliffs at Monknash in the Vale of Glamorgan. Zenza Bronica S2A, Kodak Ektar 100.

Hey everybody, welcome to the latest update of what I’ve been up to photographically. Firstly lets go back to what I was shooting during the last update and show some results.

So last time around I took a trip to Monknash in the Vale of Glamorgan and photographed the coastline, cliffs, beaches and lighthouse in that area.

This is a place I haven’t photographed in quite some time, mainly as it involves a good few hours of hiking in the sun, a lot of wind and the threat of “terrifying” giant cows blocking the path. This mage to the right is taken at the top of one of the cliff’s looking down over the Bristol Channel.

Penarth pier, Zenza Bronica S2A, Kodak Ekatr 100.

Penarth pier, Zenza Bronica S2A, Kodak Ekatr 100.

I also mentioned that I’d shot some images in Penarth along the beach and of the pier. This has been a standard location for me for years as it’s always been a very short drive to get to no matter where I’ve lived in Cardiff. This image to the right is the end of the pier at low tide (I was trying to get a reflection in the wet sand that hasn’t quite worked as well as I was hoping).

There was a reason behind shooting coastal locations as I have plans for a new project and zine in the future. Quite some time ago I produced a zine called “Coast” that featured images shot around the South Wales coastline, and I think it may be time to create a sequel of sorts.

So let’s move on to what I’ve been doing recently, below should probably give a good idea of that:

Rest Bay at sunset. Zenza Bronica, Kodak Ektar 100.

Rest Bay at sunset. Zenza Bronica, Kodak Ektar 100.

So the weather has been very good over the last few weeks here in Wales and as it’s now officially Summer that means when I finish work I can still head out with a camera before it gets dark. So I’ve been able to head out quite a lot recently and shoot a LOT of film.

First off I took a trip to Rest Bay to photograph the beach at sunset, it’s around a 40 minute drive from my house but also happens to be one of the closet places to my house you can see the sun setting down over the sea itself (everywhere else is more sunrise territory which is far too early for my liking). As you can probably guess some of the images I shot there are exactly the kind of thing I was thinking of using for the future “Coast 2” (working title) zine.

Pontsticill Reservoir. Zenza Bronica S2A, Kodak Ektar 100.

Pontsticill Reservoir. Zenza Bronica S2A, Kodak Ektar 100.

Next up was a day trip to some of the reservoirs that can be found in the Brecon Beacons (one of the great things about living in South Wales is that the sea can be half hour drive one way and mountains a half hour the opposite way). On this particular occasion I visited Pontsticill Reservoir which is a few miles north of Merthyr at the very beginning of the Brecon beacons National Park. This place was so perfect for the kind of photography I enjoy that I actually came back the following weekend with my girlfriend to do the same thing all over again. the second time was better as it involved cake at the end of a few hours of scrambling through trees and pathways in the woods.

Sundown Over Caerphilly Mountain. Zenza Bronica S2A, Kodak Ektar 100.

Sundown Over Caerphilly Mountain. Zenza Bronica S2A, Kodak Ektar 100.

As I said before the weather has been excellent recently and because of that I have been heading out most evening’s to photograph the sunset from Caerphilly Mountain as it is literally 10 minutes from my house. The image to the right here shows why I like to head up this way so often, the colours that come alive in the hills and fields really come to life at sunset. Kodak Ektar is one of my favourite film stocks specifically for the way it can make scene’s like this pop.

So that’s what I’ve been getting up to since last time, now it’s time to talk about what plans I have coming up in the near future.

as I mentioned before I have an image of mine being shown at a pop up exhibition of the Glasgow Gallery Of Photography, that is coming up very soon (the 17th July-20th July. Very exciting as this is the first time my work has been exhibited anywhere other than on my own walls or published by myself.

I have also started laying out plans for a few new projects, as previously mentioned a follow up to my previous “Coast” zine is a long term goal but I’ve also decided that perhaps it’s time to delve into my archives of street photography and produce a publication of some kind of that. There is plenty of it available and a lot of it I have never shared with the world so it kind of makes sense to make something tangible people can hold in their hands, if you think this is a good idea let me know.

One of the first images taken for “Home”. Yashica D, FujiPro 400H.

One of the first images taken for “Home”. Yashica D, FujiPro 400H.

And finally I have also begun working on a new long term project with a working title of “Home”, medium format based and focusing on where I live, Cardiff. This just makes sense as I spend most of my spare time photographing the world around me, often minutes from my own doorstep and yet have never thought of putting it together into some specific body of work. As this will be a long term project I have no plans on releasing any of the images in a specific format like a zine or anything just yet and may not for some time but I thought announcing it in an update post here made sense. As well as showing one of the images I took recently when I made the decision to do this.

I should also mention that i have a few new items available to purchase through my shop page/Etsy store, namely couple of prints of some images I made some time ago. I don’t tend to sell prints of my work, preferring to collect them together into bodies of work in zines and the like but I had these printed some time ago and they didn’t sell out so i thought perhaps newer followers of my work might be interested.

Final piece of news is to let you all now that I’ll be off travelling again very soon, albeit only for a few days over my birthday at the end of this month. Probably the most surprising part is that I am NOT going to somewhere in Italy, I know it’s shocking. I will be visiting Lyon for a few days at the end of July, the city looks really cool with lots of windy alleyways and streets and big open parks, exactly my kind of place to shoot a little street. I’ll let you all know how that went in the next diary entry but if you can’t wait until then why not follow me on Twitter and/or Instagram where I post more regularly?

Until next time, Keep Shooting Film Everyone.

The 6 Million P Man