Large Format 5x4 inch Old Work

22nd November 2017
Old large format photographs. Not always successful and until now not deemed good enough to add to this site. Nonetheless, hopefully they show some progression!

I have always considered myself first and foremost a landscape photographer, it was after all the land that I had first chosen to document. The trouble with landscape photography is that an image of a certain landscape will only resonant with the viewer if they know the landscape they are viewing. My ramblings were often in and around and over the Cambrian Mountains and most people are not overly familiar with this landscape. Below are examples, mostly in Wales, more than likely in Ceredigion. It may seem that I rarely ventured away from Ceredigion and that is, in fact, a fact...


Abstraction, Nottingham 1996
More peeled walls, layers of old posters, weather worn and the wording no longer legible.


Road Sign, Nottingham 1996


Rock, Elan Valley 1997


Llyn Brianne, Powys 1993


Grasses, Teifi Pools, Ffair Rhos 1996


Wound up wire, Cwmystwyth Mines 1994


Tree ready for felling, Hafod 1999


Bridge from Hafod towards Cwmystwyth 1994


Swansea Dock 2003


Rhayadar 2000


Teifi Pools towards Pontrhydfendigaid 1999


Swansea Docks 2003


Bristol 2003


Rhayadar 2000


View over Hafod Mansion, Ceredigion 1995
Nice high contrast image, with predominant foreground.


Ruppera castle, Glamorgan 2005
My first few visits to Rhuperra/RuperraCastle were frustrating due to lack of permission to enter. This was one of the better images of those times.


Abstraction, Hafod 2001


Monument, Hafod 1993


Cwmystwyth 1997


Dologau, Hafod 2001


Hafod 1997


Hafod 1998


Abstraction, Brighton 2003


Aberpergwm mansion, Glyn-neath 1997
A similar image already exists on this website but this has some worth too, slightly tighter cropped and shows what remains of the old gated main entrance into the house. Unfortunately this gate has now been lost.


Abstraction, Nottingham 1997


Banc Esgair Mine, FFair Rhos 2009
Much of the metal remains of this mine has now been sold for scrap. i presume this bundle was set aside for scrap. Now gone and the site is much dilapidated.


Cwmystwyth 1996


Nash Point, Glamorgan 2013
Something prehistoric with this image, the dried and bleached seaweed/foliage tumbling down the the cliff face hints at fossilization.


Windy Field, Pembrokeshire 2013


Decayed leaf, Hafod, Ceredigion 1993


PANT-AFALLEN, Pontsaeson, Ceredigion 2015
Interior view, not a great composition due to the doors locked and balancing camera on the windowsill. Only a stones throw from the b-road, I crossed a field, following a public right of way, uncertain if I'd find anything within the small gathering of trees in a dip just over the horizon. The house stood, looking in reasonably good condition, with cement block restoration within the doorway and a rendered front. The roof too, also in a relatively good condition - it seemed Pant-afallen (Pantfallen) has not been empty for so long. However, the windows and doors have all gone and inside was dark and gloomy with furniture rotting black and damp with mould. I did not bother to enter. The staircase also rotten. Barns also all ruined.


Lletysynod farmhouse, Trisant, Ceredigion 2004
The empty shell of this house with sunlit pouring through creating bright patches on the decaying damp walls.


Tanybwlch Beach, Aberystwyth 1992
One of the very earliest large format images taken one summers evening on the beach south of Aberystwyth.


Elan Valley 1994
Another relatively early image, perhaps mundane composition but helps triggers certain memories for myself.


Ruin, Elan Valley 2015


Llansteffan, Carmarthenshire 1994
Taken in the evening and heavily printed to bring out the textures of the submerged grass in sand.


Hawthorne Cottage, Hafod 1993
Early image of the side building next to the cottage before being used as a holiday home.


Hafod, Winter 1995
Not wholly successful. I have often attempted to use the landscape as abstract form and here it is neither an abstraction nor traditional landscape. Perhaps by eliminating the texture of the snow and reducing the image to a black background, white foreground with pale grey strands of grass might improve overall image...


'The Arch', Devils Bridge 2004 - the road has now been diverted to the side.


Urn at Eglwys Hafod Church 1993 - taken through a glass case hence reflections.


Tanybwlch, Aberystwyth 2000


River Ystwyth, Hafod 1994


Abstraction, Swansea Docks 2000


Cwmystwyth Mines 1993 - early image, harsh contrast betwwen tree branches and barren dirty walls of ruins.


Old Door, Aberystwyth circa 2002


Alexandra hall, Aberystwyth circa 1995 -Old student halls before restoration.


Tabernacle Chapel, Aberystwyth 2008 - taken after the fire and just before demolition.


Nash Point, South Glamorgan 2005 - An image which works but lacks a focal point.


Sheep, Cwmystwyth circa 1997 - Taken on a foggy day, mid-winter, hence the sheep circling me, rather than running away. I feel this image could have been improved upon by not using a large format camera, the slow shutter speeds recording the moving sheep as blurred movement.


Hafod 1993 - early large format image of a tributary of the river Ystwyth, not wholly successful but I have always liked to have a centre focal point - a direct response to an image taken by Edward Weston of a palm tree taken early 1900's!


Rock Formation, Aberystwyth circa 1994


Dead Trees, Cwmystwyth circa 1996 - further images of the dead trees above Cwmystwyth.


Delicate Trees at Hafod, 1992 - another early image, taken with Kodak technical pan, the grain is minuscule but the exposure was over a little causing a difficult negative to print.


Teifi Pools towards Claerwen, Ffair Rhos 1993 - unremarkable composition but inclusion here as more of a memory for myself.


Floodplains, Lovesgrove, Aberystwyth 2003


River, circa 1993 - I cannot recall where this was taken but I believe somewhere over the Cambrian Mountains.


Hafod 1996 - always a difficult negative to print due to the film stock of Kodak technical pan and a long exposure and not properly processed! The blurred grasses do however contrast well with the bleached dead tree trunk.


Hafod 1994 - This bridge has now been repaired but not so long ago these pillars were all that remained. The pillars are still used to this day supporting the new swing bridge.


'Unsuitable for motor vehicles' - this image is a simple exposure taken alongside Claerwen reservoir, perhaps some time 1994-95


'Washed up log' - Elan Valley 1996

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