Shed – ‘a simple roofed structure used for arden storage, to shelter animals, or as a workshop. A larger structure for storing or maintaining vehicles or other machinery’. However, for many people sheds mean much more and this blog post shares a mini-series of photographs by Joshua T Gibbons of men and their sheds in Pyle.
Equidistant between Cardiff and Swansea, Pyle is a village in the Welsh county of Bridgend found less than a mile from the M4 motorway. These are photographs featuring lifelong inhabitants of Pyle, within the intimate spaces in which they find so much solace and pride, Y Sied.
Whilst the area’s youth often seek employment in Swansea or Cardiff or further afield, ‘if you speak with the older generation though, they’ve a very different attitude. They are content, happy and proud to be a part of this sleepy community in Wales. Many of the men who express this contentment have something else in common, a hobby’.
‘These pursuits, that they care for deeply, range from fishing and hunting to astronomy, motorbikes and woodwork. Whatever the endeavor, they will almost always require a space to store equipment or carry out the hobby itself. This area is exclusively their own domain where they will spend countless hours, days and years. In this part of the world, these little spaces will usually be found at the bottom of the familial homes garden’.
This Saturday 21st January sees the opening of Blaenau Gwent Photography Special by Sebastian Bruno at The Kickplate Gallery in Abertillery.
The exhibition is a compilation of four different photography supplements made for the Abertillery and Ebbw Valleys ‘Dynamic’, Blaenau Gwent’s only independent newspaper. Each supplement focused on one specific community, Swffryd, Blaina, Tredegar and Cwm. The purpose of the supplement was to disseminate the work within the local community, making it accessible to an audience that would not necessarily engage with the gallery space. The Arts Council of Wales, through a project development grant, has supported the production of the project and final exhibition.
The show will also include other images that Sebastian has been making in the area. In his work, he applies different strategies to create a complex narrative structure that results in a distinctive representation of a place and its people.
Blaenau Gwent Photography Special opens at the Kickplate Gallery, 26 Church Street, Abertillery, NP13 1DB from 12-5pm on Saturday 21st January.
Sebastian Bruno (born in 1989 in Buenos Aires, Argentina) is a documentary photographer who has been living and working in Wales since 2010. He is a graduate of the Documentary Photography course at the University of South Wales, Newport. His work has been acknowledged and has been awarded by several photography institutions across the UK and continental Europe, among them Magnum photos and more recently Photomuseum Winterthur in Switzerland.
Blaenau Gwent Photography Special is the final show of a series of five exhibitions presented over the past eight months at the Kickplate Gallery focusing in the past and present of The Valleys. The other exhibitions, Where: As it was by David Hurn , How Green Was my Valley by Ron McCormick, Coal Faces/Changing Places by Roger Tiley and Heads of the Valleys by Clementine Schneidermann.