This summer I have started working on a new series of images which I hope will explore and reproduce the thoughts and emotions experienced near water and, in particular, the sea. Tentatively entitled “Return to deep”, this is the first draft of the first of the group made at the small beach of Aber Bach near Fishguard on the Welsh coast.
Working on the prints from my recent trip, I have become more and more fascinated by this curious, rounded copper, beautiful in shape, texture and situation. Most striking is the way that the unexpected and uncontrollable pinhole quirks – the flare and distortion – seem to have seized upon and made visible the atmosphere, at once wonderful and strange, which one feels being there but could never put into words.
One of the wonderful sculptural objects in the garden of Dyffryn Fernant. I loved the way the water in the finely-balanced still reflected the sky and made it part of the garden itself.
I’ve just returned from a stormy, wet seven days in the West of Wales. I had the joy of spending another week in the wonderful wild garden at Dyffryn Fernant.
Equally inspiring was an unexpected encounter with local landscape photographer, Chris Tancock, who was exhibiting in the small coastal town of Newport. Chris’ work comprises bold and dramatic landscapes of the Pembrokeshire coast seen with a vision and sensitivity beyond the norm. He manages to portray the wide, recognisable view which renders a powerful landscape image accessible, but at the same time sprinkles his work with detail and subtle hints of the deeper feel of the Celtic coastline. He confesses that may only make a couple of new colour works a year. This apparently minuscule output bears witness to his restrained shutter finger, though what he does produce employs an astonishing colour palette and shows a truly discerning eye. His monochrome images, too, are full of the power and drama of the coast, again in his own individual style.
Chris makes his living from selling his work direct and through galleries. It is heartening to know that there is a market for good photographic output such as his. Samples can be seen on his website which, of course, can never do justice to the actual prints.