White Wall @ Llawn01 2013

My response to the empty space that was Dolgarrog Aluminium works and the pride of the people who worked there. The work was part of Haus of Helfa for Llawn01. Taken from an 8mm cine film projection found at a car boot sale and over 3 hrs of conversation with John ‘Brickie’ Roberts. Then projected on the old Canteen wall at Dolgarrog Aluminium works.


So simple?

Sometimes you need no edit or extra cameras. Things just seem to work?

Above the A55 rumbling traffic in the Conwy Tunnel, sat out in the River Conwy thinking as I often do about the Mulberry harbour. I caught the ebb and flow were river meets sea


Train in Scotland



A slightly light-hearted look at my trip around Scotland on the train captured on my i-pad. The footage is outside of Glasgow.

Rannoch moor Home of Corrour railway station were Trainspotting was filmed. On to Fort William, Mallaig then

the bus to Inverness via Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle. And finally off down the east cost from Aberdeen to Edinburgh

Corrour Station
Corrour Station (Photo credit: jk_scotland)


Im trying a new approch to my blog


Having blogged for sometime i’m still not sure I really get it.

What is it?

What is your aim from blogging. Read, contribute, inspiration or just display.

Well enough of all that yesterday I went to the quarry above llanfairfechan in Conwy north Wales. I didn’t rock my world but it got my head and eyes working. Over christmas  went to a forestry commission log cabin. This is where I can pin point the old cogs
Working productively.

I thought of some words of how I was feeling while there. So yesterday I did some filming on the top of the hill. I also took some pictures with a real camera (well digital) so these are in production to make a little video with some words…


I just Left Her There…

Again more adventures into moving image. I like this it has a real dirty feel to it. It makes me feel like the journey back from something that may have regretted doing. I think the music rumbles along really well with it. As ever let me know what you think, feel, dislike…


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Will it Change your View

Adding Photography to music is something that really interests me. I was approached by Joel Cockrill to work on a project with my images to his music. I think the music changes the feel of work. What do you think? The work is from three bodies of work. The now demolished car park from Get Carter in Gateshead called Trinity Square. It was designed by Owen Lunder. One of the top designers in the Brutalist movement. My Surrealist Seamless links work and the more recent ‘your last breath’

Creative Features

Due to work commitments I could only attend one day at the Creative Features Event that was put on by the uni. i was really impressed that Glyndwr University had put on this event. To meet people in the industry. I went to the Tuesday. I so a lecture on illustration which was not really relevent. i still found it interesting and constructive with what they had to say about portfolios. Try and make them eye-catching but not complicated to look at. As employers have so many to look it will be just glazed over.

I did find the meeting with Craig Barrett really interesting and inspiring. He was from a company called Mills Media. He talked about what he did in his just. He made the group aware that working on location you had to think on your feet often. here’s a copy of the Reply to the email I sent. After asking him to look at my website. I found his comments constructive and worthwhile.

Hello Alan

Thanks so much for your email and apologies for my slow response. I actually got some time away and I’ve returned to a very heavy work load.
Your kind comments were very welcome. The day for me didn’t go at all to plan. I was brought in to give one-to-one help with students wanting to see me and show me their work. I was not expecting to sit in front of 30 students and give a talk! As a result I was very concerned that the students didn’t get much from the time, hence my thanks for your email.

I have had a look around your site too. Some really nice stuff emerging there. If I can be brutally honest I feel you are probably still developing your own style or signature. Maybe looking for something that fits. That is not a criticism. I just remember being in a similar situation with my own personal work, technically good, able to mimic, but struggling with making it truly my own. To be honest I still don’t think I’m there yet! Not sure I ever will…The most important thing is to keep trying. Personally I think that your black & white abstract building details are your strongest work and what struck me immediately was that if you combined your ability to see those abstract scenes with your band location work I think you are on to something. You might think I’m way off and if so I apologise, these are very much my personal thoughts, just thoughts from a third-party perspective.

Again, really good to hear from you and I thank you again for your time to email me and for attending the session.

Kind Regards

Craig Barrett
Video Production

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