Information on current and forthcoming exhibitions, which may be of interest to our members.
If you know of any exhibitions, please email the Web Administrator.
Whitmore and Jackson
We are pleased to announce that a selection of Barry Camera Club members’ images of Barry and Barry Island are on display at Whitmore and Jackson, Friars Road, Barry, CF62 5TJ. By agreement with the management, our images will be on display until June 2018, and are available for sale from the venue. Displayed images will be refreshed at regular intervals.
Whitmore and Jackson is open daily from 9am to 5pm.
A Year In Their Lives & Other Work by Roy Carr
Cardiff based photographer Roy Carr has spent the last year developing a documentary project on sheep farming in south Wales, taking a particular interest in the Cynon Valley where he has worked with three farms.
He charts key events in the farming year: lambing, shearing, hay making, ‘dipping’, selling and winter grazing, sensitively capturing the interaction between people and their animals as he tells the story of a farming year. It is a story which is still ongoing.
There is an intimacy about his photographs which comes from the relationship he developed with the people working the land. This gave him close access, providing an insight into the physical demands as they work in all weathers throughout the year.
For Roy this posed a number of challenges:
“I come from a classical landscape background, influenced by the work of such photographers as Joe Cornish. It was not uncommon for me to spend hours carefully composing an image and waiting for the light. It was a slow, meditative process. I tried to communicate my connection to, and passion for the outdoors because I have walked, climbed and cycled throughout my life. People hardly ever featured in these photographs and I often resented it if they wandered into my carefully composed image.
This project could not have been more different. People are central to what it’s about. I wanted to capture them and their way of life, so I had to go looking for them and get to know them. My people skills were probably more important than my camera skills. Effectively I was often making photographs in their homes and they could ask me to leave at any time.
Photographically too, I had to move from very slow, deliberate practice to a much more spontaneous approach, responding to the people and action in front of me. Using a 50mm lens on a full frame camera for much of the time also meant that I had to get very close to that action. Still, the patience I had learned in landscape work proved useful as I waited for people or animals to come into a space which had the potential to create an interesting image.
The other change for me is a shift from single images to the possibilities of telling a story through a sequence of images. I relish the idea of creating a body of work which is linked to a theme, though it is still important to me that each of the photographs have their strengths. I’ve found it fascinating that the project has gone in different directions as it progressed. In part this is because I started from a position of almost total ignorance. As I learned more about what the farmers did and how they did it, this presented lots of new possibilities. For me one of the greatest compliments has been the farmers telling me that I have accurately captured their way of life.”
This project will feed into an exhibition at the Cynon Valley Museum in Aberdare (open Tuesday to Saturday 10am until 4pm) which will run from 14th June until 15th July, providing the majority of images, though he will also be displaying some of his landscape work. Roy is excited that the exhibition is so close to the farmers he has worked with:
“I like the idea of a local connection and hope the exhibition will attract people from the farming community as well as people who have an interest in photography and art.”
He will be giving a walk-through presentation about the exhibition at 2pm on each of the Saturdays that the exhibition is on display:
“I want to engage with the audience and tell some of the tales behind the photographs which helps further to bring them to life”.
If you want to contact him and find out more, he can be e-mailed at here.
The Cynon Valley Museum is on Depot Road (next to Tesco), Aberdare, CF44 8DL, telephone 01685 886729. Opening hours – Tuesday to Saturday 10am-4pm
An exhibition featuring documentary photographs on sheep farming in the Cynon Valley and landscapes from Wales and beyond.
Please view the official press release here.
Please see an extended article on the exhibition here.