“I’ve been living in Flint, North Wales, since February 2012. The Dee Estuary basks nonchalantly alongside Flint in the popularity of residents; although it’s not respected by the younger generations that may happen to stumble across this space from time to time. You will hear ‘the locals’ talk of it’s litter problems – often beer bottles left discarded by the social gathering of teens – a particular unsavory parapet where sky meets sea. Despite this, I have adopted a deep interest in it’s solemn beauty and have subsequently been visiting regularly to try and document it’s condition over a period of time.
The estuary plays a part in present-day industries – providing the first stage of transport of the Airbus A380 wings on their way to Toulouse, via barge to Mostyn docks which are located along the estuary towards the Irish Sea. The estuary is an area teeming with wildlife and is one of the most important estuaries in Britain; amongst the most important in Europe for its populations of waders, wildfowl and heron.
It’s a site of special scientific interest and is a designated special marine area. The character of the place and what it represents within a moderately middle class town is what I wanted to document, not just the atheistic qualities of which it has so evidently in abundance.”
Ben Terzza is currently studying photography at the Open College Of Arts (UK) and you can see more of Ben’s work at benterzza.com
James O Jenkins
“I have always been inclined to try to capture the beauty in desolation, I grew up in an industrial northern town in the 1980’s, when the history and heritage of British working class communities was replaced by modern industrial estates, these places speak to me.”
“Documenting such places throughout North Wales and the North West has led me to see an ‘industrial fate’, offering little or low paid employment for communities, jobs that never came, and if they did they never stayed. Eventually time and nature reclaims.”
Industrial Fate is at Oriel Colwyn until 11th July.
You can see more of Alan’s work at alanwhitfield.com
James O Jenkins
Losgann; Sensitivity, Medicine, Hidden Beauty and Power.
“Losgann unites the elements of water and earth, bringing joy, delight and healing in its singing and hopping, and leading you to a sacred spring from which you may be refreshed and renewed” *.
Losgann is a self-exploration of Benson Batty’s childhood, a combination of his Welsh upbringing and self sufficiency. Benson grew up in the small village of Saron, Camarthenshire. With the Fields as his playground and animals as his companions, there has always been an understanding between him and nature, utilizing it as a channel for life.
At an early age the introduction of growing fruit and vegetables as a marginal source of food supply for the house, learning that working and nurturing the land and receiving sustenance in return lies close to him as part of his identity. After 8 years in Saron, Benson and his family moved to the Philippines where he would learn basic carpentry skills and be exposed to the power of renewable energy sources through his father. This photography explores a lifestyle broken away from consumerist society, which has a regular sense of great self-fulfilment, where one’s hands will be the greatest tools one will ever use.
“Working with the land enables oneself to become intimate with nature and to also restore a human relationship with it, enabling the understanding of what is ‘our planet’. What we do with it could influence our survival or the existence of another life form around us.”
“Working no longer becomes a job, but becomes a satisfaction that brings out the instinctive human that we once were. This lifestyle offers a calm and equanimous life in the face of today’s busy and relentless society. A kind of healing is made not only to the land but also to ones self when one is taken away from a continuous connection to the digital world. Without this one is simply left with the people around you, physical interaction and at times complete solitude.”
“A time and opportunity where technology can no longer entertain your thoughts are all one has left. But before one can criticise, this time is perfect for reflection and planning. Becoming more productive and more appreciative of things and other peoples company.”
“Losgann makes one remember that despite the increasingly digital world which we inhabit, it is in fact the very earth that we stand on which we truly rely on most. Whilst the interconnectivity of the internet has its benefits, lest we forget as does solitude.”
You can see more of Benson’s work at bensonbatty.co.uk
*Carr-Gomm P & Carr-Gomm S, (1996). The Druid Animal Oracle. Connections Book Publishing Ltd, London (p62-65).
James O Jenkins