November 2014

26th November 2014
There were lots of very busy people locally this month and last, collecting items and preparing an exhibition, two books and a play on the theme of remembrance and reflection on the First World War.

The travelling exhibition and the drama were very well attended, and the Welsh press and TV covered the project very well.

Mr Gwynfor Hughes launching the project. Letters from his father (William Hughes) from the French trenches, to T Ifor Rees in Venezuela, feature in one of the books.

The play - "Cofia'n Gwlad" (Remember our Country) by Euros Lewis, featuring local actors.

Rhian Evans (the mother) and Geraint Jenkins (the son)

Carys Mai playing the maid, Mati.

Huw Emlyn in the pulpit at Penllwyn chapel.

Sunshine on the Aberystwyth war memorial on Remembrance Sunday.

As I'd documented some of the searches and community response to the disappearance of April Jones, with some pictures published in 'Pink Ribbons for April'), I felt it necessary to record the latest development, the destruction of the house rented by her murderer, Mark Bridger. The Welsh Government had purchased the property with a view to having it demolished - a move which has been lauded in the locality.

Preparing to demolish the gable, with the chimney lining protruding above the old stonework.

April's family pause for the press after watching the demolition.

Although the month was tainted with sadness, there were some lighter moments. Returning from a very fine birthday supper at the Ffarmers in Llanfihangel-y-Creuddyn, this is the colourful view of Aberystwyth pier which greeted us as we visited the town.

And previous to that, a very cold evening at Ynyslas watching the fireworks at Aberdyfi light up the estuary.

A book I'd been working on (very hard!) has reached the shops. Food for Four Seasons by Gareth Richards (Gwasg Gomer). There are quite a few of my pictures in the book, from the covers and portraits, to very fiddly macro images of food. Other pictures are by the book's consultant, Hazel Thomas, who worked with Gareth over a period of time, documenting the recipies as they developed. Rebecca Ingleby-Davies produced the fine book design

For such close work I often use a combination of LED lights (380 LEDs in each light x 3 units), 2 flashes with diffusers, and a very handy instrument - the "Ice Light" - which looks a little like a "light sabre"! The portrait of Carys Mai (above) is lit with one.

I try to end these little pieces with a sunset, and luckily there was a fantastic one on the 25th. I managed to get this subtle picture of Aberystwyth pier, but narrowly missed the massive flaming sky.

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