From Prince, 2015 © Huw Alden Davies
Ray ‘Skint’ Jones, Bill ‘Pegleg’ Jones at the Cambrian Inn, Blaenafon © Walter Waygood
16 July – 3 September 2016
Where will I be in 5 years time? Where will I be in 30 years time?
Youth is a time of hope and ambition, change and uncertainty, of prospects both good and bad.
Where Will I Be features two Welsh photographers, Walter Waygood and Huw Alden Davies, whose work is rooted in the place they come from, the South Wales Valleys, and revolves around their immediate family, friends and a colourful cast of local characters.
For Walter Waygood, who photographed in Blaenavon and Merthyr in the late 1970s/early 1980s, there is ‘beauty in the ordinary’ and nobility in the lives of the people he grew up with, however mixed their fortunes turned out to be. Recently returning to his spiritual home of Merthyr after twenty years ‘in exile’ in England, there is a contemporary resonance in Waygood’s images from a time when political viewpoints were grounded in family discussions around the dinner table “where you debate and iron out differences in the attempt to put the world to right“.
Arranged as a collection of photographs and short texts, Huw Alden Davies’ ‘Prince’ is a detailed and often humorous study of the artist’s father, a by-product of a generation and its slanted views of the world. The story unfolds in the village of Tumble, where Davies and his family still live. As the artist explains,
“This project is not only an attempt to reconnect with this childhood notion, but to try and record and capture the essence of a man and his eccentricities. To document a side unknown to others and to explore the physiological or even cultural elements that inform the image that should have been my role model.”
Exhibition Opening & Artist Talk / Friday 15 July 2016 / from 6pm / Free