Wednesday, 25 November 2015

"The summer that never was" - H&E Magazine - My first non photography article in ages

I have written several books in addition to numerous interview articles over the years but this is the first time in ages that I have submitted an illustrated article on a subject other than my work and photography, and had it published in full. It was a real thrill to receive my copy of H&E Dec 2015 and see not just my images, but my words also.

Writing about one of our last chances to get to our favourite beach was never going to be my Daphne Du Maurier moment of vivid description, but it was fun to be writing again.

You will have to buy a copy of H&E Naturist (WH Smith stock it) to read the full article and see all the images clearly but here are a few snippets in chronological order!

"This was the summer that never was for us in North Wales, especially for those of us working full-time who even missed the occasional spills of broken sunshine, as overall we experienced weeks of high winds, cold air, blankets of cloud and rain. Retailers benefited as thousands of weather-beaten tourists made for the towns and attractions seeking shops, cafes and activities as they were unable to sunbathe, swim and barbecue as planned. During rare appearances of glorious warm sunshine, beach lovers swarmed to the coast for maximum exposure, trying to absorb two weeks worth of rays in a few hours. Of course melancholy groups of sunburned tourists would return to the towns again the next day"

"It was sheer joy to start the engine and head off. As we drove over the 189-year-old Telford’s Suspension Bridge connecting Anglesey to mainland Wales, intense sunlight bounced off the rapid tidal waters of the treacherous Menai Strait 100ft below. The day felt good and positive and only the most delicate clouds could be seen to the south-west. For September, the roads seemed surprisingly quiet so unusually we were able to slip through the historic castle town of Caernarfon"

"There is sunlight streaming into the van, music playing and now a sense of urgency to be on the beach, so as not to miss much-needed rays for our vitamin D-hungry bodies! We catch glimpses of the vast sand dunes of Harlech beach to our right, the northern sisters to the even larger dunes of our Morfa D to the south. We climb the steep hill past the imposing, medieval Harlech Castle, built in the 13th century by Edward 1 during his invasion of Wales, but this September there seemed to be no invasion of Wales by anybody"

"There was heat, but not the usual baking June and July heat. There was a sense that this might be our last chance for a hot beach day before a long winter. Interestingly we took two fleeces with us, ‘just in case’. I carefully strapped our windbreakers and bags to the trolley before we squeaked our way over the sun-warmed timbers of the boardwalk that leads to the vast Morfa Dyffryn beach. Every now and then, carried by the breeze, came the cries of children playing on the beach and an occasional bark of a dog"

"There is something utterly liberating about being alone and naked on a huge beach, almost like the world is your oyster and all you can really do is watch, meditate and feel completely at one with the landscape and the planet. We just sat together, a man and a woman, and we kissed, and felt close, and watched nature do its own thing. No sounds of cars or planes or people, just the gently lapping sea and the sound of the birds. We were completely at peace and for me at least, part of being a naturist, the best part, is feeling closer to the earth – and this solitude helped us both to feel at one with our rotating planet"

James Kirby - new EP Cover by Glyn Davies - shot in Menorca

Finally I can proudly say that James Kirby's new EP is out on sale so I can now publicise my photography for it's front cover :-)

I posted a blog story about my Menorca shoot HERE but it's good to see the actual CD cover now a reality, oh, and the music is fantastic so what a bonus!

Will be interesting to see if any more of my images are used in the future as we'd captured some beauties on our holiday commercial shoot.

It looks like James is now booking a date or two here in North Wales where his incredible talent will be enjoyed by many new listeners hopefully.

Congratulations James!

If anyone else wants a bit of Glyn magic for their music PR then contact him HERE

Detail of the cover

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

10th International Spider Awards - Honourable Mention for "Life in Rock Pools"

The last Award competition result for this year!

I have just heard that one of my images "Life in Rock Pools" is in the winners gallery of the 10th International Black & White Spider Awards having gained one of 15 Honourable Mentions from the 1000s entered internationally.

I entered 6 images and five were nominated for an Award but I am delighted that one of them, "Life in Rock Pools" was finally rewarded with the recognition I'd hoped for it, as although it's caused the most polarised opinion from my series, I love it's mood, strength and darkness, both physically and metaphorically.

The five nominated images were

"Life in Rock Pools"
"Waiting For Spirits"
"Swallowed by the Lake"
"Before Darkness"
"First Flight"

Prints of all my images are available from my website - just search the image galleries and click the "Add to Cart" option below the image text accompanying each image, simples :-) A drop down of sizes and prices will appear before adding to cart.

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

2nd live Radio Interview with the sage Rhys Mwyn - Mon FM

One year ago, almost to the day, I nervously sat in the small sound proofed radio studio at Môn FM waiting to be interviewed by the very wise Rhys Mwyn, archaeologist, historian, punk musician, music oracle and now TV and radio presenter. That day he made me feel at ease within minutes of going live, and we were soon chatting intently about my new exhibition and major project “Landscape Figures”, discussing nudes, naturism, attitudes, landscape, art and shifts in photography, all interspersed with Welsh music tracks selected by Rhys.

So today I felt easier when waiting for us to go live, and we just chatted about other fascinating projects he has in the offing, and this time Rhys had asked me to select some tracks of my own, it felt like “Desert Island Discs”! It was a surprise request for me and I thought it would be a 2-minute job, but when I sat in front of my main system and opened up 1000s of tracks on iTunes I was suddenly daunted. How on earth do you choose just 4 or 5 tracks that mean so much to you but that would also ‘represent’ times in your life? Well I burned 18 tracks to two discs and even then it was VERY random as without listening to all 1000 tracks or whatever which would have taken weeks, I mostly went by memories and those that have stuck in my mind from different times in my life. Ideally, it should have been a more classically biased selection but that would have been at odds with what the listeners were expecting during the chat show.

I find Rhys fascinating, his brain ticks over at a pace; he draws together so many pathways that could easily lead you off over the horizon but instead channels them forward to a varied unification, a rich journey. I like that approach as it seems to be close to the way I think, I’m not easily routed or linear, my mind jumps to so many other interesting adjuncts that I feel are relevant to a thought process. So we found ourselves casting our lines but both reeling in the same wonderful fish and hopefully the listeners will have enjoyed our fishing!

I mentioned the follow up to my exhibition that has included many of my nudes being given awards and honourable mentions, and the exhibitions they have, are and will appear in. Notably, “International MONO Awards”; “International COLOUR Awards”; “SUN” (Shot up North Awards); “IN:SIGHT” Competition - shortlisted; Castle Galleries “Summer Show” (Birmingham); “People’s Choice Awards”, Washington Green Fine Art; MOMA Wales – “Open” Competition; SUN Exhibition, Leeds, and the forthcoming Chester Arts Fair on 21 and 22nd November. I also talked about the keynote speech I gave for the "John Muir Trust" at the Galeri in Caernarfon, for their 1st Welsh AGM.

However for the most part, we chatted about photography and music and meeting people, about networking and promotion and the ‘reality’ of being self employed and the rewards it can bring personally and spiritually to counter the pressures and demands. I was happy to mention my singer / songwriter friend James Kirby, who I met in Menorca and ended up doing a shoot with me using my new little Fuji camera (see previous blog post HERE) as one of my images has just gone live online on his home page, ahead of his forthcoming CD "The Night Is Young". I felt so at ease that I might as well have been in Rhys's kitchen and after about 30 minutes of the two-hour programme I had forgotten I was even live in front of an audience! We think we should makes ours an annual chat

Oh, so which tracks did he play from my 18? "Casta Diva" by opera singer Maria Callas, "Sweet Llangenith" by my singer/songwriter friend James Kirby, "Golden Brown" by the Stranglers, "Cars" by Gary Newman, "Graffiti on a Train" by Stereophonics and to finish, "Comfortably Numb" by Pink Floyd, my all time favourite non classical track.

Môn FM is run entirely by volunteers, on a shoestring budget, but they assure me that all of Rhys's interviews are recorded and will be uploaded to MixCloud as soon as possible, enabling those who who were unable to listen live to catch up at a later date. As soon as I know that my recorded interviews are online I promise to post the links here for all my followers. Many thanks to Môn FM for contacting me today to inform me of progress.

Monday, 2 November 2015

1st real test for my Fuji X-T1 - in Menorca, with singer/songwriter James Kirby

Whilst on holiday in Menorca last month I was testing out a brand new type of camera kit, new for me at least as it’s a tiny, small sensor and mirror-less Fuji X-T1 camera, a camera I’d bought to be inconspicuous in South Africa next year. I’d had no chance to use it beforehand so I didn’t have a clue about the little idiosyncrasies of it’s set up or it’s potential. It didn’t matter as I was on holiday, and for basic, ‘manual everything’ landscape and travel photography, it would be fine.

And then we met James Kirby, performing live one evening in a warm side street alongside the harbour in Ciutadella, an incredibly beautiful, unspoilt and history-rich town, once the capital of this small island. Even from the other side of the town we could hear the crowd, applause and powerful melodies of guitar and voice oscillating through the night air. I thought that whoever was singing they MUST be famous. We found ourselves drawn towards the music, and from the street above we could see a large crowd surrounding the singer, some sitting and drinking, others just stopped in their tracks, mesmerised by his music. We wangled a seat that had been reserved for diners, and found ourselves right opposite James. We drank cocktails as we sat there, becoming emotionally uplifted by his music. When he’d finished his set in front of this predominantly Spanish and Catalan crowd, I went over to him, got chatting easily and had no hesitation in buying his three CDs. We invited him over for a drink and having sung for over an hour in the baking evening warmth, he readily accepted.

We discovered that he was originally from the Wirral but lived in Canterbury for much of his life, and now lives and gigs all over Europe - a seasoned traveller as well as a committed and passionate musical artist. I showed him my “Landscape Figures” project on my iPhone and also my website. He was blown away by my work as much as we were by his musical talent. By the end of our drinks we’d decided to do a publicity portrait shoot with him, all free of charge and just for fun. James would simply pay for image usage if we shot anything he wanted to use, meaning no risk for James and fun for both of us.

As the day of the shoot drew close however I started panicking about whether my little camera would produce the results required. I was equally aware that I wasn’t familiar with night shooting with it, the selective focus points, noise reduction options and other settings - I also knew that I had no additional lighting to employ. We started off easily enough, standing him on vertical cliff tops 300ft above the clear blue Med below, backlit sunshine, exposing for shadows and my only task to ensure that his poses were relaxed and believable, even if unavoidably posed. It was amazing to hear him play for real in such an extreme position, the gentle melodic sounds wafting in the breeze so that soon other holiday visitors were also starting to gather around just to listen.

We changed location three times before going for a fantastic evening meal in Ciutadella old town, where we cooked fresh fillet steak on hot-stones, and drank refreshingly chilled white wine. After that we found ourselves wandering around the back streets looking for potential backdrops for his portraits. We found several superb historical alleyways and although the compositions and ambient lighting were superb, I struggled with not knowing how to adjust the focus point on this camera (easy on the Canon) so that I could focus on James whilst the camera was attached to a carefully positioned tripod, and therefore I had to use a workaround of using a focus-lock approach, as well as balancing almost imperceptible amounts of fill-flash from the minuscule flash unit, but at 1.40 am we ended up at an unusual and distinctive clock in one of the town’s many squares, a clock James had always been fascinated by, and so the last frame of the ten hour shoot was of James under ‘his’ clock with his guitar.

The flash unit simply didn’t have the throwing power needed for the distance at which James stood from me, so I just used natural light with the ISO ramped up to 800, and of course the camera on my lightweight carbon fibre 190 tripod. This is a straight shot, (well lighting wise). I used PhotoShop to partially correct the leaning verticals resulting from shooting on a wide angle lens, but the light, colours and noticeable (but fun) grain were as shot on camera RAW.

James was very taken with this shot and has agreed a licence with me to use it for publicity, both online and on his new EP cover out shortly. Although grainy (digital noise), I am as delighted with this shot as he is and I’m looking forward to seeing it on his EP. When we reviewed the other images from the shoot the following day, we knew that loads had worked brilliantly which James could use for further publicity.

For me, the most creatively exciting part of this holiday was getting my teeth stuck into this mentally stimulating portraiture, adding creative spice to 14 relaxing days on the beach and crystal clear waters ☺

Check out James's music at

Friday, 23 October 2015

“Mist Touches” Double Page Spread in Nov Issue of H&E Naturist

“Mist Touches”
(From my major exhibition project, “Landscape Figures”)

“It’s the season of mist and fog, as remnants of warm air linger throughout autumn and into winter, caressing the cooling, softened landscape. Yet the weather can still be uplifting for those who are aware, for the gentle flow of condensed air carries resonant memories of sunny days, laughter, friends and cold wine. Ahead we look forward to the new life that spring brings and we build powerful and positive dreams for hot days to come and another clothes free summer.

So winter is neither frightening nor negative, though understandably will be for some poor souls, but in it’s own way it’s a dramatic and wonderful cleansing, wiping the slate clean for the year ahead. For those of us lucky enough to be healthy & able, we should revel in the sensuous conditions of autumn and wrap ourselves in its elemental cloak to truly feel connected to the changing seasons.”

© Glyn Davies /

Saturday, 3 October 2015

FOUR of my nudes are winning entries in "SHOT UP NORTH” Awards 2015 - Judge, Brian Griffin

It has been many years since I entered the "Shot up North" Awards but having being honoured to help judge the Awards last year, I thought I really should make the effort to re-enter the competition myself this year after more than a decade of not doing so.

I am therefore absolutely thrilled to hear that FOUR of my landscape nudes have just been selected as winning entries in this year’s "SHOT UP NORTH” Awards, judged by famous portrait photographer, Brian Griffin

One of my four winning entries is "Suffering Needles" from my 'Landscape Figures' project

SUN is a group owned and run by professional photographers, "celebrating and rewarding the best professional photography in the northern regions of the uk

The overall 1st, 2nd, 3rd and ‘merits’ from all the winning entries will be announced at the launch in Leeds on Nov 3rd - fingers crossed :-)

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

“Then Came Autumn” Double Page Spread in H&E Naturist Mag

The very long running (116 years) Health and Efficiency Magazine for naturists, is running a series of my "Landscape Figures" images as double page spreads in their monthly magazine.

This 12th DPS in the Oct edition out now, features a worksafe version of “Then Came Autumn”
(From my major exhibition project, “Landscape Figures”)

“It was dusk and a gentle mist hung in the valleys, illuminated only by the last glimmer of Autumnal daylight. There was delicate moisture in the air and a slight dampness on the short grass surrounding the rock. Rich, earthy smells surrounded me, from the bracken and ancient woodland adjacent to the outcrop. Above the sound of a gurgling brook I could hear a thrush singing somewhere in the distance. Apart from that there was relative silence; no cars, no planes, no groups of chatty ‘ramblers on a mission’, just me in what felt like a lost valley. I was alone and had found perfect solitude.

I enjoyed the feeling of the cool, almost prickly, sheep-mown grass on the soles of my feet, but the rock was warm having basked during a day of unbroken sunshine under clear blue skies. Although the rocky outcrop looked smooth from a distance it was rough beneath my skin, making my body feel vulnerable to its sharp surface. I enjoyed the sensation nevertheless, feeling utterly and intimately connected to ‘my’ rock, a rock carved by glaciers millions of years ago, scratched and smoothed by the weight of ice, but today it was just me, an insignificant speck on the planet. Yet the planet means everything to me; I feel it, see it, and hear it. It provides for me, nourishes me and I am a part of it nevertheless.

As the melody of the Song Thrush drifted away, I lay relaxed, supine, as much of my skin surface in contact with the rock as I could manage, facing the darkening universe above. The rock supported me, it seemed as if the Earth itself was carrying me, a fragile, perishable organic figure, exposed to the air and the elements but wonderfully connected to the land. In this silent landscape sanctuary I became acutely aware of the reassuring rhythm of my heart beating in my chest. In my stretched out position every inhalation felt powerful and life affirming – I could feel my lungs filling, and my chest rising and falling. I became aware of the faintest movement in the air, and a delicate breeze traced it’s way over every inch of my body, under, around, across – caressing me, soothing me connecting with me.

The light faded further and night approached. Small irregularities in the rock surface started to make their presence known, applying pressure to various points of my body, and although my soft flesh absorbed some of the discomfort the rock was easing me off, sending me on my way, for it’s time is aeons to come but for me, I’m just a falling leaf for a few moments. I stood back down on the grassy earth and now it was cold. That intense, super-real and sensuously naked connection ended the melancholy moment that I pulled my clothes back on.”

This print can be purchased at

© All words and images copyrighted to Glyn Davies BA(hons)

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

WINNER of People's Choice Award at Castle Galleries Summer Exhibition 2015

"Our winner was Glyn Davies, a photographer whose work is inspired by his love of landscape, wilderness and solitude. Capturing exposed nudes against a backdrop of striking scenes, Glyn’s work explores the fragility and vulnerability of the human form in nature, and the sensuous intimate relationship between the human and the environment. Glyn has exhibited in a number of galleries across the UK and received numerous awards and accolades. His work is available through his website "

I can't thank everyone enough here on my Blog for your support in helping me to WIN the “People's Choice Award” at the Castle Galleries Summer Exhibition & Competition - and to Castle Galleries themselves for the opportunity to exhibit, and to all my fans, friends and customers for the sheer volume of support for my work on and off-line. It's vital for artists to maintain publicity in this hard fought arena so respect to Castle Galleries for believing in my work in the first place, and definitely huge thanks to the hundreds of people who voted - modern photography given a chance at Castle Galleries - now that has to be a step in the right direction surely ? :-)

Friday, 28 August 2015

"Explosions Softened" Fuerteventura - No.1 of 30 now sold.

Based in North Wales the vast majority of my print sales are of this beautiful area, closely followed by sales of my nudes in landscape prints, but it's rare to be able to sell prints of beautiful areas outside of this area. It was therefore a delight for me to be able to print up the first edition of "Explosions Softened", one of my first shots from Fuerteventura, taken at the incredible, shifting mini desert of Corallejo in the North of the island. The rough black lava has been mostly obscured by baking hot, soft white sand blown in from Africa's Sahara desert across the sea to the East.

Ken Latham a close friend of mine and also my main assistant for opening my gallery when I am travelling, chose this print as his first of several for what he hopes will be an ongoing collection of my work. Yes of course he gets a very special deal :-)

© Glyn Davies 2012