Sosban Fach – by Artist Peter Spriggs

How appropriate that my last post should be about my amazing Fine Art Tutor, Artist, Peter Spriggs’. I am now retiring from my Blog until sometime in the future when Covid is well behind us.

Just before Covid Lockdown we visited Peter’s latest exhibition, Sosban Fach, It is raw, emotional and a rare example of what, in my humble opinion, is art at its best.

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In 2017, on a visit to Tate Britain to see the Turner Prize, we happened upon the Paul Nash exhibition.

It left me moved beyond words and I knew at once I was feeling exactly how Paul Nash hoped his viewers would feel. He was a artist of the highest calibre.

That is how I felt last night, whilst viewing Sosban Fach, the works of Peter Spriggs.

Having read a background to the exhibition in Wales Online, see below, I was prepared for something very special. However, I was not prepared to be moved by such emotion and to be amongst people who clearly were feeling the same. A truly inspiring exhibition. Absolutely superb. Thank you Peter.

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Having finished my photography degree, I spent a further three years at Carmarthen School of Art studying Fine Art, guided, predominantly by the tutoring of Peter Spriggs.

I pestered him continuously for knowledge of techniques which would help me to build the skills I needed as an artist. His patience was stretched to the limits but he never stopped encouraging me. Last night he presented me with the finest lesson yet. The lesson that says “it is when you touch your viewer’s heart that you are truly an artist”.

I have had little time for my art practice since leaving college. However, that time will come and I shall heeding the finest lesson of all, with thanks to Peter. I shall be true to myself, put my heart into my art and create what my heart says rather than my head. Well, I know what I mean. Ha!

I have had, nor seen, little of pain or suffering in my life. I have been very privileged. I have always lived very close to the sea and frequently witnessed its power over the land and our precious coastal trees. It is the tenacity of Nature that holds my fascination and, as an artist, I hope to share that feeling with my viewers and help them to revisit the ‘stand and stare – (in Awe) that is so missing in our modern lives.

“What is life, if full of care, we have no time to stand and stare?”

By Welsh poet W. H. Davies, this should be my latest motto. I must find time to get back to my art, once again, ‘stare’ at the incredible landscape around me, and then create from my heart.

Thank you for reading.

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HPB Theme Week Ballroom Dancers visit GCI Radar Station RAF Ripperston

Thank you everyone for taking time in your busy week to visit us here.


What a Treat for a Sunday. Once again our visitors came to see the our WW11 Radar Station, not expecting to see so much wonderful West Wales Art. We are really pleased you so enjoyed the Art and the Handmade Books. We love having the opportunity to share & promote the amazing Graduates from Carmarthen & Aberystwyth Schools of Art and the wonderful aviation art of GAvA. A special thank you to the lovely Ceramicist, Deardre McKibbin, who so loved Joe Frowen’s Ceramic Art.


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A ‘Thank You’ to HPB Members – they make our day special

HPB members are amazing.

They simply come for a guided tour of this fine historic WW11 GCI Radar Station and are then treated to an hour long presentation, an emotional poem by Waldo Williams sung by a wonderful Welsh Rugby choir, rooms full of history accompanied by local anecdotes and a gallery full of Art. Art by both Emerging and also Master West Wales Artists, Sutherland and Lochhead to name just two. And yet, they are constantly enthusiastic, encouraging and keen to pass their enjoyment of their visit on to others. Today was no exception, 5 visitors in total, the last one stayed until 2pm chatting about radar history and art. Visitors praise us for our hard work in creating this space but we would like to thank you all of you for making our guided tour days so very special.IMG_0792_2

Here’s to retirement, we are enjoying every minute of it.

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A busy Week at RAF Ripperston

We always enjoy everything we do at the Set House and in the  admin buildings of former GCI Radar Station, RAF Ripperston, especially mending leaky roofs

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We NEARLY always enjoy everything we do at former GCI Radar Station, RAF Ripperston, just a small part of our unusual home – I think that maybe ‘re-roofing’ the leaky big building might just be at the limit of that statement for John – What a Star! Funding failed to be achievable and so it is a DIY task. Well, for those of you who have already visited us here, you will possibly guess that it’s not the worst John’s had to do to achieve our aims.

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We have had, and are having, some amazing times here at Ripperston in St. Brides. Thank you HPB – if it wasn’t for our staying as Bondholders at St Brides Castle, we wouldn’t be living here and sharing this amazing Top Secret WWII history with all of you. We still have faith that the some of the best ‘working’ times yet to come.

AND THAT IS, when we have time to get creative again – so many ideas and so little time. We SHALL get there soon. Printmaking, Painting and creating a very special series of ‘Sutherland Inspired’ Photographs which we have been waiting to do for three years now. In the meantime we are thoroughly enjoying showing all our visitors around and sharing the amazing history of this historical little place in Pembrokeshire.

Thank you for reading and a huge welcome to all our new followers and visitors.

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RAF Ripperston welcomes Baby Bondholder

Baby Betty Visits the Set House at

RAF Ripperston

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We had the most beautiful young visitor to our Guided Tour last week. Five week old Betty. And she didn’t make even a hint of a squeak right through John’s Presentation in the Op’s Hall, nor through Coffee and Bickies in the Officer’s Mess and even through an extended Set House Art gallery visit. Thank you to Mummy and Daddy, Chris and Rachel for making our day so special.

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What a Wonderful Day

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Yesterday I posted an image of Joe Frowen’s ‘Stargate Astronauts’

Yesterday I had three ‘Stargate Astronauts’ to gaze at with admiration

Today I have only two ‘Stargate Astronauts’ remaining here with me. Ah!

One of them has gone ‘stargazing’, bought by the super HPB visitors

James and Bethany


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Joe Frowen’s Ceramic Art

Space Cowboys & Stargate to the Past Trilogy

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I’m testing the appearance of my image for automatically posting to Facebook and what better way to do this than to focus on some exciting and unique ceramic art by Joe Frowen. (Forgive me Joe please if the whole of the image does not show)

Thank you for your interest and do check out Joe’s latest fab work on his Instagram page.


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Reporting in from ‘RAF Ripperston’


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This is our first ‘dispatch’ from former GCI Radar Station, RAF Ripperston. (and with John in charge, these reports may become a little more frequent than my posts when it was just Jane’s Blog. You have been warned ! Un-follow me now – if you dare want – the RAF are on our side!) So here we go !

And a HUGE WELCOME to ALL our HPB Followers – Click on Follow if you want to be notified of New Posts

In the Officer’s Mess at the Set House, there is a sector clock. The Sector Clock was a fundamental part of Ground-Controlled Interception (GCI) during WWII and can be seen in situ in the image of the Reporting Hall, above. The clock face is marked with five-minute red, yellow and blue triangular segments. It has an outer 12-hour ring and an inner 24-hour dial.

Aircraft position was recorded along with the colour of the triangle beneath the minute hand at the time of sighting. This was reported to sector headquarters, where counters of the relayed colour were used to represent each air raid on a large table with a map of the UK overlaid with a British Modified Grid. As the plots of the raiding aircraft moved, the counters were pushed across the map by magnetic “rakes”. This system enabled “Fighter Controllers” to see very quickly where each formation was heading and allowed an estimate to be made of possible targets. The age of the information was readily apparent from the colour of the counter. Because of the simplicity of the system, decisions could be made quickly and easily.

And thank you for ‘Listening In’ – your interest is very much appreciated



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As you will see from my website, I have had little or no time over the past year to share my endeavours update my BLOG. I have also had no time at all for my own art; however, I have had the wonderful privilege to share and exhibit the art of others in the Set House, having a wonderful exhibition of ‘Masters and Graduates’ works in September 2018.

For those of you who are reading this and might be aspiring to be curators, never, ever, underestimate the work and pressures involved in preparing an exhibition. That is, if you are quite possessed and want to give it every bit of professionalism and heart that you can. I did, and the result, I have to admit, was FABULOUS – right from the outset, when the opening was supported by nearly 40 members of a prestigious Contemporary Art Collective from Cardiff, CASW.

We are still sharing much of the Graduates work in our living gallery space in the Set House which is part of the former ‘Top Secret WWII GCI Radar Station, RAF Ripperston’ which makes up part of our home. Following guided tours of the amazing WWII buildings, visitors are shown the art and I share with them all I know of the artists and their work. It has been, and still is, a wonderful success, with numerous visitors every week, many of whom are new to the art world but go away with a fresh awareness and appreciation of art.

With regard to my own artistic dreams, I have, however, started to create a new body of work, and am sharing here a first drawing of St. Brides Haven. You can visit ‘Spirit of the Haven ~ St Brides’ on  my  personal website.

St Brides Haven

I am also proud to be sharing the paintings of Artists  Sarah Spencer and Rhodri Rees,  two of my favourite contemporaries.

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And then there was Braque!

This has been some year. I can only say that the images of the paintings by Sigrid Müller in my last post are just so amazingly beautiful that they have obviously kept all of my ‘blog’ followers ‘following’ for the last eight months. I thank all of you for your incredible patience. And to Sigrid for her amazing art.

And – out of the blue – I have recently been aware of a new gathering of followers and I should like to welcome you to my blog diary. If you knew the times I have said I will get better then you really wouldn’t stay – BUT – I am a great believer in ‘if at first you don’t succeed – try, try, try again’

Dare I even think of showing you some of my work after Sigrid’s. But I shall. My last post, Sept ’17, was at the start of another year sharing and learning at Carmarthen School of Art as part of a Fine Art Degree in Painting. Drawing & Printmaking. 

So here is another ‘Artist Who Inspires Me’, Georges Braque. Here are just a few of his works. The first two are of his earlier works, more simple in composition and cubist content than his later works, but ones I could find a good starting point for my piece. The later pieces are two more complex pieces by Braque that show his wonderful use of light.

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My first real chance to attempt to bring some of his influence into my work came in the Oil Painting Processes module.  It required a piece to include words and numbers. If you have seen our website Set House Arts, then you will understand how I came to want to paint the work below.  It didn’t even come close to my imagined outcome but I see it as a good start, an ‘oil sketch’ beginning.

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Sunderland T9044 of No 210 Squadron


The piece above was done in oil on canvas and is of the Sunderland plane flown by Wing Commander Derek Martin OBE, which sank in 1940 in Milford Haven Sound. Martin lived to see it recovered, 73 years later, in 2013.

I have decided to be brave and to show most of my work within my Blog Diary. I just absolutely love every aspect of Painting Drawing and Printmaking, following on from my photography.  I do however, love learning and also know the everything is subjective! Constructive criticism is most welcome. I really do mean that. If I have learnt one thing in life and that is to ALWAYS be open to guidance – take the good and leave the bad. My ‘Head of Art’ suggested I drank a bottle of Vodka before I started painting – might ‘free me up’.  Might just leave that one!

I really enjoy writing – I hope you’ve enjoyed reading and that will enjoy checking out Georges Braque’s works. Thanks for visiting.



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Perfectly Perfect

A new beginning and a wonderful new addition to my ever expanding list of


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We have had a perfectly perfect week.

I am now starting to believe that John and I can relax and enjoy the culmination of years of work, follow our hearts and learn to truly appreciate, even participate in, this amazing world of art and photography. I know it takes belief in oneself to reach a point of acceptance that you are heading in the right direction – I have reached that point. It can now only be, “full steam ahead at a snail’s pace”. When I first heard that said, I laughed at the nonsensical juxtaposition of such a statement  but artistic endeavor cannot be rushed , just approached with the speed of the motivated.

SO !

First and foremost, a huge thank you to each and every one of you who have helped and encouraged us, in any way at all. Everyone has been amazing. The gallery has now been open for three weeks. We have had many visits from historians who politely tolerated our artistic enthusiasm over the art works and now we have had a week of art loving visitors who also made all the right noises following John’s wonderful history tours of the main GCI Station buildings. Two lovely visitors from Cardiff especially have made our week perfect and we thank you so very much. Your company is excellent and your encouragement truly appreciated.

We look forward to many more visits from all of you.

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WWII Secret Project Revealed

For those of you who have born with me and my terrible track record as a blogger, (not even including my lack of replies to readers – I have tried but know I have failed horribly), hopefully you may find the heart to forgive, when you read this post and discover what John and I have REALLY been doing over the past ten plus years.

These buildings below are a part of our home – a significant historical site that we just couldn’t let fall into permanent decay. We have a website which is also in sad need of attention BUT, as you know, I always get there in the end – it’s just that the end is never ending. The thing is, and those of you who know us well will appreciate this, we never really want it all to end, just to progress. We are very nearly finished the huge repair project; don’t the finishing touches seem to take forever; and now we are having our own opening exhibition with a super well known, prestigious group of artists along with a second opening, a party preview for everyone local and historically interested who have been wondering just what we have been doing for the past ten plus years. We shall eventually find time to start being truly creative in our own way.

So, here it is, a short picture storyboard of what I am about to put on, in full glory, patting ourselves thoroughly on the back for all our hard work. Our website has been ready to go for three years – it was a part of my second year degree module – we just had to finish the repairs.

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The following slideshow is a collection of images of the Administration wing, the Ablusions, the Mess Room which is not shown completed and some of the rest rooms. As we gradually finish everything over over the next weeks I shall show more – and if you are interested to visit, we are always open to individual callers and we love showing people around – with a cuppa whenever we have time. Just contact us through the website or call in on spec.

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Take a Breath and Catch-up

First & foremost I should like to thank everyone who saw my exhibition at Oriel Q and was kind enough to tell the curator, Lynne, their thoughts and/or write in the comments book. The feedback has been wonderful and I am just so grateful that you have all enjoyed seeing my work. I was especially honoured that two well recognised artists took the time to tell me of their appreciation. Again, thankyou. I didn’t ask if I could mention you both by name but if you are reading this then I’m sure you’ll know who you are.

So, catch-up time. I had got behind with my degree work and so have not been posting, but, I just want to share a  good happening with you all. Some people say that some of us make things happen by being proactive. Well, maybe that is the case. Another thing that is said is that artists are good observers and that is how they find expression. Well my observation skills are dreadful. BUT, good things do seem to just ‘pop up’. I’d like to just share some of them.

  • I had a bet with a fellow classmate that if he could get through his photography module without taking a landscape photograph then I could get through the modules without using portraiture. I used the Ancient Pembrokeshire Standing Stones as my ‘models’ and took my studio outside; that’s when I started to create my personal style.
  • No deep thoughts really of the mystical had entered my photography and art at that time. Then, when I discovered the Ancient Oak Woodland of Lawrenny,  I discovered that the Celtic name for the Oak Tree was Drui, sometimes translated as ‘door’; also that the Druid belief was that the Oak Tree was the doorway to the higher planes of thought. A small flame of interest in myth and legend grew inside me and the Legend of Cantre’r Gwaelod came next .
  • If you’ve seen my website you’ll all know of my thoughts surrounding Grown-ups and Fairies – well I’m definitely not Grown-up and now Fate has taken another step to help me.

I was really struggling with this module; not the technical element, which I am loving, but the contextual content. The work is to be connected with sketches from the Botanical Gardens of Wales or from our own gardens. I really wanted to work on images from within my garden but I was wanting to add some depth to my work. My first attempt was to include an etching of my Fairy Den from Growing-up


1st State of Fairy Den

Well, we weren’t even talking mystical when my tutor suddenly mentioned that in Ireland they often have a Thorn Bush in the middle of a field and will never cut it down no matter how tiresome it is to plough around it. It is because that’s where the Fairies and the Little People live.

AND GUESS WHAT! I have a thorn bush right in the middle of my garden. I didn’t know of the myth. The thorns are pesky and often scratch me when I am mowing but I always remember a friend not letting me dig it up when it was just a tiny tucker.

And there we have it – the content of my print module has just become slightly more interesting than Monotypes of Camellias, Etches of ancient bogwood and woodcuts of grasses.

So now I have a small Aquatint 1st State print of my Thorny Fairy Habitat – still only 1st State proof – but I just wanted to share my story of how the mystical and myth always seem to find me. I also wanted to include some images of what I have been up to.

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1st State – Thorn Fairy

Not yet the best of work but a start – mysterious eyes peeping through the thorns of the beautiful, white flowered Blackthorn; the home of ‘the fairies at the middle of my garden’.


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Time Lapse Video of a typical shoot

Just to finish off chatting about my ‘oh, so precious’ project – as if you hadn’t already seen enough or guessed how ‘precious’ I am about it – I thought I’d show you the one and only timelapse I have of our escapades in Borth. It’s only a minute long and doesn’t give the full picture – BUT – if any of you reading this are from Borth, you may just recognise the mad fools taking those cold February images.

Link to – Timelapse Video of Jane & John in Borth

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Fate plays a hand – storms of the like not seen for many years.

Following my escapades in the ancient Lawrenny Woodlands I had a year to go before my Final Degree Show Module and had no plans to visit the Submerged Forest until then. However, fate played a hand and, following the horrendous storms of early 2014, my tutors suggested I went up to Borth and took some pictures. Thankfully I treated it like a proper shoot and prepared all my gear , especially our exciting, newly acquired camper van which we had bought for photography trips. I also checked that we should be there at Spring Tides when the majority of the forest would be exposed for the longest time.

It was the end of February and we arrived to find a grey day! Folks were wandering through the newly exposed tree remains but there was nothing new to what I had seen before.


I had permission for us to stay in the car park and we settled in to await the following day, knowing it would bring a lower Spring Tide and hoping for better light.We awoke late, at 9am and could hear the wind and sea but thought little of it, as the storms were well over. It was high tide and John was having fun with his GoPro taking pictures of the waves cascading over the sea wall whilst I was making breakfast. Little did I know that there had been another storm building through the night and we were in the midst of it. Suddenly John was at the driver’s door. A huge wave had breached the sea defenses and created a small, but very intimidating, tsunami type flood which was heading straight towards us. He quickly disconnected our lovely new generator and removed it to high ground, then, as only those of you who have a small camper van can envisage, with both front seats facing the wrong way round, he managed to start the engine and by standing on the running board and steering with one hand, he moved us to the higher ground.

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Safely out of harms way we drove into Borth to find that once again the town had been ravaged by the sea. Only one brave student seemed to be enjoying the spectacle. We snuck away, wondering how on earth the residents must be coping. We drove inland, shared a sandwich with a cute squirrel, and looked for somewhere else to stay that night.

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We were hoping that the storm might have disturbed the sands further and returned towards low tide . Even though we’d never seen any exposed tree remains at that end of the beach, we couldn’t resist revisiting ‘our’ car park at Ynyslas. We got out to take a peak over the sea wall. Where previously all we could see was sand, a deep trench had been scoured out by the sea , exposing some new tree remains.  As the day progressed and John helped me set up and take my pictures, a couple approached us to watch what we were doing. They said they had been walking the beach for fifty years and had never seen those trees exposed before.

These are the trees which were exposed after that secondary storm. As each of our four day shoot progressed, the sands gradually covered them back over again. As we departed  for home on the fifth day they could hardly be seen.

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Artistic Message – Thresholds & Thin Places

So far, with regard to the path I took in the creation of my upcoming exhibition, I have been concentrating on the technical aspect of the photography.

This is a long blog post but I would really like the chance to explain the expressive part of my work, why it means so much to me and why I am going to such lengths to gain the knowledge to express myself through art. If you are prepared to share my journey please read on –  Continue reading

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Time runs out but I have have a moment of discovery.

Following the previous shoot in the early Autumn of my ACP1 Module, the lead in to ACP2 which would be my finals, I knew that somehow The Submerged Forest would be the subject of my Degree Show. It had become too important to me and I knew I had to find a way to capture it to portray more of the truly mystical atmosphere it held. I worked on camera angles and ‘day to night’ photography.

Fashion and advertising photographers sometimes use ‘day to night’ photography to take images of a daytime scene which they want to portray as if they had been taken in the dark, at night. The light the camera sees is the light of the flashlights and not the daylight. There is a link to good tutorial on the technique in my previous post.

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I practiced this technique for my Lawrenny project, all the while taking images both digitally and with my film cameras. On a particularly good day which I didn’t want to end, I ran out of daylight. John was telling me it was too dangerous to carry on – “there are tree roots everywhere and it will become quite treacherous” – Yes Love! But I managed to persuade him to let me try just a few more shots back at my ‘favourite tree’  which was close to edge of the Ancient Woodlands. The sun was just creeping down below the woodlands on the far bank of the Cleddau River and the combination of twilight and my flashes made my ‘favourite tree’ become my ‘Mystical Tree’.

I knew that I had found a technique which was to become a significant part of my artistic signature. It enabled me to take atmospheric photographs which captured the mystical mood of dawn and dusk in the way that I saw and felt it myself.

I was now really excited at the prospect of my next shoot for the Submerged Forest. I just didn’t know how soon and how exciting that was to be. 

to be continued :

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Degree Show Exhibition – cont.

Ok, so there weren’t the flocks of seagulls that I had been hoping to find on a ‘Distant Shore’ for my Degree Show idea but I was loving the ‘day to night’ photography I was practicing on the Submerged Forest stumps, so I decided to carry on. As an artist, my hope has always been to bring both the ‘beautiful and mysterious’ to my work; share with others just one side of our amazing world that can bring moments of incredible beauty to our lives, to relieve us from the horrors we know are happening elsewhere. The Submerged Forest is such an incredible part of our amazing world that I was happy to continue developing my imagery around the forest whilst at the same time experiment with ideas for my Degree Show.

I was introduced to the ‘day to night’ technique by photographer Bjorn Thomasson. I started with the Standing Stone series in the first semester of my second year. In the first semester of my final year I discovered the ancient woodlands of Lawrenny, and decided that they would be my focus for my lead in to my Final Show, this time taking images both with film and digital cameras. There is no doubt that there is huge value in learning all the techniques of film photography and then applying that knowledge, a light meter as in the second image below, to digital work. However, as you will see here, outside of studio situations and under pressure from the oncoming tide, at that time, I had a long way to go to achieve what I was imagining in my personal vision as opposed what could be captured through my camera.

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The incredible Submerged Forest of Borth, as I saw it on my second visit.

During this shoot, I had tried a number of different approaches to my imagery of the Submerged Forest, some of which you can see below. I had no idea of how I might link them to be a part of a credible Final Degree Show but I was, nevertheless, enthralled by the strangeness and wild beauty of what I was seeing. I carried on with the Autumn ‘Finals lead-in project’, ACP1, ‘Spirit of the Druid’ – Lawrenny but was continually imagining how my Final Show might be based around the incredible Submerged Forest.

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to be continued :

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Degree Show Exhibition – where it all started – two years before

‘Spirit of Ynyslas’ was my Degree Show Exhibition. Is there ever a right time to be thinking about your Degree Show; I think most students start to think about it at the end of their first year when they see the third year student’s own Degree Show. At that time, it’s almost impossible not to start dreaming. And that’s exactly what I did. But what to do?

It would come from my heart, be  truthful and honest to my personal ‘artistic expression’. But it still needed planning; it also needed time to develop. I saw the third year exhibits and decided to find a text that meant a lot to me and to think around that. I thought of the poem by Edward Fitzgerald, Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam but before I could formulate any ideas, I remembered another favourite; Jonathan Livingston Seagull, by Richard Bach. The  text had influenced my late teens, giving me the confidence to believe in myself and to aim for my dreams without fear.

Neil Diamond had written beautiful words and music for the film of the book and sang of Jonathon being lost on a distant shore. I set out to find my ‘distant shore’. At the time, Coast was showing the Submerged Forest of Borth. We went to stay close by, for a special anniversary, and the owner of the hotel, Ynyslas Hall, told me of the legend of Cantre Gwaelodd, the lost land beyond the Submerged Forest. Although I was yet to know it, her words planted the seed for my project.

I had just got a new camera, a 6×6 Bronica, and for three days during a bitter cold February, John helped me set up my film & digital cameras with portable lighting & I took photographs of seagulls on my distant shore the Submerged Forest. There were no Seagulls to be found!

to be continued :

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Myth or Manipulation

Many of you looking at these images might wonder if they are petrified trees; trees that have been turned to stone through the process of ‘permineralization’ .


Certainly the technician at Metro Imaging in London, who did an absolutely brilliant job of setting them into Light Boxes, thought they were stone. He knew they weren’t manipulated through Photoshop or the like because he had their Raw Files for record but he sharpened them up, as is the need when mounting in Light Box, far too much and the beautiful reality of the wood grain started to be lost.

As a student photographer, the bane of my life was the instant reaction of most tutors when they saw any photograph. “Is it sharp?” they would say and immediately start to examine every little detail. How sharp is sharp when the man – as in human –  behind the camera is looking for a certain effect – and no, I don’t mean the Bokeh effect, I just mean allowing the atmosphere and desired creation to dictate where and how much should be sharp within an image.

And there it is. The web is full of wonderful images there for everyone to enjoy. Some will be untouched, some developed and some will be manipulated beyond any comparison with the original representation. As an artist I use lighting to create the image in a closer likeness to what I feel and see in my imagination; the result is usually moody, mystical and although a true representation of the subject, often having a quality that leads the viewer to ask the question, “How did you do that? Did you use Photoshop?”

And there it is. The myth about manipulation. “If it is different or more beautiful or strange than you have ever seen, then it must be manipulated”. Or must it?

The truth about manipulation is that if a photographer is genuine about his craft then he should be happy to show you his Raw files; not give you them, just show you them. Over the next week I shall share some images and the story of how I came to be privileged enough to take photographs of the Submerged Forest. For now, here are some of my Raw files, untouched, just as they were taken into Lightroom for

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