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"Reflecting on Old Times" Isle of Anglesey – Glyn Davies, 2007

12 February 2009

I seem to remember that as a child there were many more derelict old barns, buildings and structures than can be found these days. With the construction of ever bigger and faster roads, the pressure on this rural island of Anglesey to accommodate increasing numbers of visitors is changing the face of our past.

This dilapidated old house on Anglesey is one of only a very few publicly accessible examples around. In a peculiar way – even as a ruin – this little house allows one to stop, think and get a sense of past times. For me this is an important activity, it helps to give me a sense of time, connection and past culture. It won’t be long before someone turns this into a holiday home, with rendered walls, bright exterior paint, satellite dish and three-car garage and yet another portal for reflection will have been lost.

From a fine-art background with artist parents, Glyn Davies completed a Foundation Course in Art & Design and achieved an Honours Degree in Photography at Harrow. He started his commercial photography life in 1987 doing editorial work for titles such as Country Living, Classic Boat & Yachting World. Over the following 22 years he has gone on to cover numerous other genres from industrial to portraiture. He also taught creative photography at the University of Wales for 12 years.

In 2002 Glyn established his own fine-art gallery and returned to concentrating on personal work and has now started self-publishing. So far he has published two hardback books of personal projects and the third, in just over a year, is about the lost village of Nant Gwrtheyrn. It is being launched at the Wales Millennium Centre in April 2009, along with a major exhibition. All titles will be available from his website.

Photographer since 1987, EPUK member since 2008.

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