Fine Art Statement

Nature, constantly challenged by the acts of man and the power of the elements, personifies the mystery of life.

It’s ability to endure is formidable; its spirit will always shine through, presenting us with moments of breathtaking beauty. To capture that spirit, to seize that moment, the atmosphere and the mystique, in such a way that others might experience it too, is the reason for my journey into photography. It is the reason I strive to unite the mysterious light coming from the twilight skies with the painted light I cast over my subject; to retain what the eye can see and the heart can feel.

‘Spirit of Ynyslas’ questions our existence, the ephemeral nature of our lives. The 5000 year old submerged forest, exposed by the winter storms which battered the shores of Cardigan Bay, tells of the lost Kingdom of Cantre’r Gwaelod, a kingdom which disappeared in an instant, flooded by the seas of an incoming storm. Yet the forest remains, shrouded by time beneath the sands of Ynyslas, revealed for just an instant, to tell its tale and awaken the imaginings of our minds.

Our land has many such mysteries; mystical places hidden from view.

Our lives are often too busy; too full to find the time to dream; to gaze; to explore the incredible nature that surrounds us.

My hope is that my pictures will awaken that dream; renew the desire to go in search of the mystery that is our land and seascape, before the dream is lost forever; before man destroys what the elements themselves, have yet to destroy.

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