Wrecsam Art Vend & Onwards…


So its been a little while shall we say…

Art vend

I found out about the closure of Oriel Wrecsam (probably may favourite gallery) that i have such a connection with. It gave me my first chance to grab at the slippy old balloon of the art bubble dream back in 2008 on selection for the Wrecsam Open. But now revitalised and mowing into pastures new its last Hara was Art Vend. The project selected artist to submit 50 pieces of work to go to vending machines placed around Wrecsam over the next few months. The work I submitted took the form of a Digital Protection locked away in the little plastic casual.  Alongside this sits the brilliant documentary of the gallery in its closing weeks from https://twitter.com/OrielWresidency This was created by Simon Proffitt more of his work can be seen here  A real eye for detail…

Artist in Oriel Gwynedd

Time is flying by with the project over at Oriel Gwynedd, Bangor. You can keep up to speed with the work and what I’m doing here https://tocynnwr.exposure.co I am about to start documenting the closure of the old gallery over the next coming months.

Bodelwydden Castle

I have an Exhibition coming up from 25 April – 5 July 2015 alongside Susan Williams and Wendy Leah Dawson. I have been documenting the many signs of Tremeirchion for such a small village about 1 square mile with over 30 signs that I have managed to documenttre-20tre finals

Helfa Gelf

I’m also making a return to my third Helfa Gelf this year. I will be once again camped out in Haus Of Helfa, Llandudno after receiving confirmation of my work been selected. Think poems rubber bands and 360 degrees

 

Connect 2

Ffloc has been selected to work on a 3 week residency as part of connect 2 at Aberystwyth Arts Centre during May which will entail a visually projected element and poetry. This is going to be a massive challenge but great fun. This is to evolve into a bigger project IMG_20150327_160545

 

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A poem by Alan Whitfield: Festive May


A poem by Alan Whitfield

Festive May

With cans turned on
alone I stand in the amphitheatre
Close to a power
I don’t understand.
Inclusion in something
I may once have walked by.

Eyes glued on the marks
spine tingling peaks of power.
A short burst.
Still quenching my new thirst.
Like a new life
to be so close.
Making you walk
inches higher than most
for the priceless projection delivered.

The Welsh Pinc Ffloyd, Brymbo 2012


After the Mighty Wales beat England last weekend. I had the pleasure to photograph Pinc Ffloyd A Welsh Pink Floyd tribute band. The band played an electrifying set in Brymbo sports & social club supported by a joyous crowd happy from the early sports victory. Hopefully my images capture the smoke and lights and warmth that the band depict playing there heroes tunes with a touch of Cymraeg. Not just playing the run of the mill Floyd hits the band dig deep to pull out classics like Fearless off the 1971 Meddle album and not forgetting Sheep off 1977 Animals

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Robert Adams, controlling empty space…


The work of Roberts Adams is iconic in visual or written text. I’m not trying to push my work in the direction of New-typography. The power Adams commands with capturing of large space is very important. It is critical to the way you approach you work. In time I have come to understand this. For example the two churches I was recently on reviewing the situation after. I didn’t attempt to take a picture in the second empty church. Although it been an empty space and the stronger of the two buildings it felt cluttered. Adams use of space was bold covering what some may see a mundane.

Robert Adams
“East from Flagstaff Mountain, Boulder County, Colorado
1975
Gelatin silver print, 11 x 14 inches

The image of the house with all its procession is beautiful in its perfect composition. A plain picture to most we are given various things to read.We have a House, Garden, door, sky, window, shadows, roof, path and grass.The viewer is almost pulled into to tell the story of what is depicted. Your eyes lead up the path to the door into the lady in the living room. However its not a lady it’s a vase perfectly positioned. The viewer is not clear if any human is present inside the house. The reason I picked the image is that the human form gives it a totally different feel. Your focal point is totally different. There is always a clean crisp feel to Adams work. The dark light, which dominates the image gives it a negative feel overall. The viewer dose not feel invited into the house as well as having little knowledge of what is going on inside the house. Is it empty, is it occupied?

This image by Robert Adams offers a lot less in the way of information but what it does offer is critical. In the image, we have the black building, window, lights, paintings, tops of hedges, blurred trees and the roof. The blurred tree tells us the image is taken in low light with a longer exposure. The bright light peering out of the darkness gives the feel of a family environment. Again Adams places the light and pictures perfect on the divides between the windows. Your eyes are pulled into the shot from left to right to the warm glow of the window.

Concluding on the two images that I have looked at shows the relevant signs that life have on an image. It tot tally changes the viewers opinion of the image. The light been on in the house creates a visual syntax of safety in the darkness. The closed door on the house creates a vision of un-welcomness.

Two points… Photography by Alan Whitfield


I keep my eye wide open all the time because your mine I walk the line as Johnny Cash once sang. From the start of my photography I have always liked my eyes to be pulled into a picture. The visual split second Journey. Where will it take you?

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Crosby Stills And Nash


This is a series of work that took on a Canon Demi film Camera. It’s a half frame camera so from 36 images you get 72. It was a rather considered piece in that sense. It was a total conceptual idea based around the object we all recognise. The Anthony Gormley‘s statues at Crosby. I really wanted to do something different with them

This was the only Stills we were given of Mr Nash when he sent to reform in Crosby

the sun was setting on his past time to think of his past was his only why out…he said he felt at ease that we had taken the time to visit. he requested some candid shots…He asked for a picture of my feet as the induced sinking created a loss of feeling. He longed to leave a foot print in the sand…The space to think was helping him retreat from his actions…His out look was bleak but focusing on the distant seascape made clear about the future ahead…

Chewing gum, Pigeons, cigarette butt…


Your Last Breath #5

Chewing gum, Pigeons, cigarette butt

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