After more than a year’s hiatus I’m finally back on the road for work and my first big trip brought me across the border to Wales. I arrived early, allowing me a clear day to explore and enjoy some photography. Following my nose through the Carmarthenshire countryside I discovered St. David’s Church, not far from Llanwrtyd Wells. I didn’t take many photos here, but the beautiful light suggested a monochrome approach to me.
From there I headed towards Abergwesyn, where the road runs parallel to the river. A couple of miles along I found a place to park and went to investigate the river, discovering some waterfalls and a washpool, which was remarkably still given the river runs through it. I took several pinhole photos here, as well as these digital images.
Finally, as I neared Beulah, the road brought me through a forest of pine trees and the soft light was so beautiful. Fortunately, I quickly found a safe place to stop and I carefully picked my way across the mossy forest floor, intending to finish off my roll of film in the pinhole camera. Taking a meter reading, I realised that would take an hour and a half – a prospect that didn’t excite me when the air was full of midges! Instead, I reached for my somewhat speedier digital camera and saved myself the irritation of lots of midge bites.
Arriving back at Llanerchindda Farm, I thought I’d finished taking photos for the day. However, a brief burst of sunshine on the Cynghordy Viaduct was too good to ignore and I finished the afternoon off with a photo of Socks and Jasper, the resident cat and dog, who obligingly posed together for me!
20 June 2021