Jones David James - Gwenallt, Aberystwyth 2012

Jones David James - Gwenallt, Aberystwyth 2012 - POET'S GRAVES - BEDDAU'R BEIRDD
Notes on Jones David James - Gwenallt

One of the first images made and one in the rain. the gravestone as easy to find, thanks to Damian telling me beforehand, and a simple exposure was made - wide angle lens, low down.
I have made a rain shade for my camera for days like this. It's a bit shabby these days and needs remodelling. It keeps the rain off but also falls off easily in the gentlest of breezes. My daughter can be seen in the centre of the frame blurred slightly due to the long exposure (approx. 4 minutes).
I enjoy at times photographing in the rain. It is a pain but I know a drop or two will land on the lens and show up on the finished image not unlike glare from the sun.

From Winter 2012 through to Spriing 2014 I visited graveyards throughout the length and breadth of Wales. Many hours were spent searching for particular gravestones, of poet's, well known and not so well known. A few were not found, mostly they were.
The project was difficult not due the hours searching but more so to finding an ordinary gravestone in a wild graveyard. So often other viewpoints of other gravestones would have made an excellent photographic record but I was forced to settle, even compromise, with my brief. Frustrating as it was, it was also made the more rewarding, my eye was forced to work harder. Fortunately these peaceful places helped with keeping the mind free of distractions.
Here are a few of the images published in the book.
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