Thursday, 24 April 2014

Nude at Land's End now in London

I am absolutely THRILLED to have sold a second Limited Edition from my "Landscape Figures" taster show, here in Menai Bridge.

This striking image, entitled "A Light At Land's End" comprises a tiny female figure standing atop a towering granite pinnacle, a sheer 200 feet above the Atlantic Ocean below, at Land's End. The print (Artist's Proof No.1, before a main edition of 30 prints) has been sold to a private buyer in Central London. This makes two print sales in just over a week from the six example prints on show here at my gallery :-) No.1 in the actual edition is still available for sale.

The main exhibition will comprise between 40 and 50 images in this project and there will be some dramatic surprises at that show.

Please check out this link to see a few more examples of possible inclusions in the main exhibition this Summer.

All words and images are strictly copyrighted to © Glyn Davies 2014

Monday, 21 April 2014

Youngest EVER customer for a Glyn Davies print

Yesterday, a young lady called Emily Dixon came in to see the gallery with her family from Heswall. It was her 13th birthday. After a good hour or so of browsing, I discovered that they were looking through the pictures for Emily, who at 13 had set her heart on buying a fine-art photograph rather than the One Direction concert tickets she's also been offered ! I was blown away that someone so young would commit to having an art print rather than the usual gifts you'd expect a 13 year old girl to desire. The print she fell in love with was an artistic, minimalist, semi-abstract landscape called "Beyond the Pool", which contains an message about the need to protect life in the oceans.

Anyway mum & dad sensibly asked her to sleep on the thought, worried that their daughter might regret her decision the following day, but this afternoon, a beaming Emily came back to the gallery, family in tow, and committed to the purchase. I was truly honoured to be the artist whose work she'd chosen and her smile was worth a fortune - Happy Birthday Emily, and I hope you like the book I gave you as a birthday present :-)

13 year old Emily Dixon of Heswall, my youngest ever fine-art print customer :-) 

All words and images © Glyn Davies 2014

Friday, 18 April 2014

"Before Darkness" first Limited Edition nude print sells today

I am delighted to say that I have just sold my first ever nudes in landscape, Limited Edition print, "Before Darkness" which features in my forthcoming "Landscape Figures" exhibition - No 1 of 30 in the A1 size has gone :-)

As the model eased herself into the dark black peat bog, aiming for the small grassy island in the centre, she started sinking into the thick mud below. We decided to stop immediately and I readied the walking poles to pull her out if needed. She suggested we shot the frame right where she stood instead, which I did, and thankfully the shot worked almost better than her standing on the islet anyway.

The vulnerability of this wiry figure as she starts to sink into the blackness, on a cold darkening hillside, epitomises what this project is about - REAL connection with real landscape and the beautiful frailty of the human figure.

© All words and images © Glyn Davies 2014

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Warm Romance and a Bitter Mountain (Cnicht)

Crisp Cnicht

As is the way with my days off these days, there is no rush ever. Jan works long days and even longer nights in an intensive care department and there is NO shift pattern at all to allow a person’s body clock to plan the week. Her need for sleep catch up is vital, so I have learned not to expect a 7am leap out of bed, and instead to respect her body clock readjustment time. It doesn’t stop me getting fidgety however if the light looks amazing, and the day is going by :-)

Promises Under the Blanket
It was Sunday however, and for Jan a rare Sunday off, so whatever! The weather forecast was for brightness, light cloud, zero chance of rain and plenty of sunshine later. We could do a lazy leisurely hill walk later with no worries about the elements or timings. I didn’t really absorb the additional information I skimmed through on the mountain weather forecast though, which indicated freezing level at summits and 45mph winds. Nevertheless we threw in our Paramo’s and Rab wind proofs just in case, along with two flasks of steaming hot coffee.

Jan phoning God for a summit forecast

At about 2pm we started the one hour drive towards the distinctive pyramid shaped mountain called Cnicht. I haven’t done it for couple of years and I love the mountain (approximately 2200 feet). I have done it from the very meandrous North side and also from the shadowy East facing quarry valley of Cwm Orthin, which was today’s plan as I wanted to show Jan the old quarry workings. However, as part of her prep for some bigger mountains in the next few weeks she said she’d prefer a steep ascent, so we headed for Croesor on the brighter West side instead. This was a first for me too which was nice, making our way up the classic West ridge.

Joy Under the Blanket

We decided to have a cuppa and a sandwich in the cafe in the tiny, sleepy hamlet of Croesor but the cafe was so asleep it was closed! I was really surprised, this being the Easter break and a car park packed with walkers’ vehicles. We started up the long, bouldery woodland track before exiting right up towards the smooth lower slopes of Cnicht. The light was not as forecast, not good at all really, blankets of grey cloud obscured the spring sunshine and even the summit of the adjacent Moelwyn Mawr. The wind however was just as strong as forecast and even though I was hot making the ascent, I was also feeling chilly at the same time, a weird and difficult combination. Just below the summit on the open flat shoulder, I put on my outer shell layer as well and was so grateful for it. AT this point it was bitterly cold by then and the cloud layer had dropped too so that now the summit of Cnicht had disappeared from view. Jan who makes a bean pole look fat is particularly prone to suffering the cold and even with all her layers on she has to keep moving to keep warm, so we downed a couple of fast coffees from our flasks and started the very steep last buttress to the narrow and very exposed summit. NOT a good day to shoot nudes for my forthcoming exhibition for sure !

Sharp Ridge in Soft Light

We had another rapid slurp of hot coffee on the summit in thick cloud, before deciding to go back down the same way rather than cross the open moorland slopes beyond in just 10 meter visibility. This became a very good move as on the descent, the lowering sun started to punch through widening holes in the cloud creating a divine landscape over the Nantlle Ridge to our North West and the Irish sea ahead of us to the SSW. God’s ladders were everywhere and the clouds swirled at different rates and at different levels creating an atmospheric theatre of movement and dance.

A Bright Descent

Beams of light created sheets of warm brightness across the hillsides and when we turned around Cnich looked magnificent, a dark geometric triangle sliced by lines of sunlight, orange warm grasses blowing in the foreground and a raven circling the peak, it was fairytale and enchanting. I would have simply stood and stared for another hour or more but poor Jan was now using up the last of her core heat so we really did have to descend further until the temperature rose and the wind dropped in the shelter of the trees once more. We sat in the van with the heater on and finished our coffee before the hour’s drive home, covered by a spectacular post sunset sky. I love these longer days, cosy mornings with a loved one and then adventure in the afternoon followed by a romantic evening with hot food and a cold Pinot Grigio - best Sunday in ages :-)

Welsh Pyramid

All images are available in the smaller A4 and A3 sizes direct from my WEBSITE but larger, Limited Editions are available by calling the gallery on 01248 715511

All words and images are strictly copyrighted to © Glyn Davies 2014

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Carneddau Double Page Spread in TGO Magazine 2014

Ever since my photographer and writer friend Chris Townsend introduced me to TGO (The Great Outdoors Magazine), a magazine he is a featured product writer for, I have been a fan of this publication, with it's detailed mountain walk guides and amazing gear reviews.

It has been ever more of a delight to see my own work in print in this well produced magazine, and this morning I received my copy of the latest issue containing a wonderful DPS of my image "Mountain Exhilaration, Carneddau"

They have gone for a slightly desaturated version of the rich original but both work in their own ways.

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A Nude Spread in Welsh Coastal Life, 2014

Many thanks to Charlotte the editor of Welsh Coastal Life Magazine (Border Publishing), one of my latest fave nudes from "Landscape Figures" is spread across two pages of the latest issue - all in promotion of the forthcoming Anglesey Arts Weeks (12-27th April) - this image will appear as an A1 framed edition print at the taster show here at my gallery over that period.

As always, the magazine did a great job of printing a subtle toned monochrome image.

© Glyn Davies 2014 - ALl rights reserved.

Thursday, 27 March 2014

A New Nude for Anglesey Open Studios 'taster' show - April 12th

Here is one of two new 'nudes pictures' which will be on display here at my Oriel Glyn Davies Gallery in Menai Bridge, during the Anglesey Open Studios fortnight, starting on April 12th.

This one is titled "Light Over Inky Depths" and I was captivated the delicacy of the woman, and behind her the powerful suck of sun-lit water into the shadowy gulley to the left. The water was deep, black, ominous and coming in rapidly, so the vulnerability of the delicate female figure against the mass of rock and body of water, was accentuated. The woman steps delicately towards the light, unaware of becoming trapped by the dark tide behind her.

NB We are still looking for attractive, non-tattooed, athletic MALE models, aged 18 - 45(ish) for this exhibition project. Please e-mail Glyn HERE

© Glyn Davies 2013
All rights reserved, strictly no copying or unauthorised re-use.

Friday, 14 March 2014

Biggest Surf at Anglesey's West Coast

The biggest waves I've personally ever seen at Porth Tyn Tywyn and I have walked, swam and surfed there many 100s of times over the last 20 years.

On this particular morning I had gone there with the idea of body boarding what was reported to be a brilliant swell for Anglesey. The day was clear with a strong offshore wind and just a few rapidly clouds. I parked up overlooking the dunes and the sea beyond and I could already see wave tips higher than the dunes (foreshortened perspective of course) and I knew it was going off! I walked down to the reef and two surfers were being thrown about in the white water before finally getting out to the back where a strong rip was pushing them Southwards towards the bay of the burial mound, Barclodiad y Gawres. It was funny in a way watching these guys go for the surf but spend so much time just trying to keep parallel to the shore. At this point, I just knew that I was not going in! I have not body-boarded seriously for years and having had a bit of an epic attempt at Sennen in Cornwall in January in big seas it was all too intimidating for this surf-unfit body !

Of course the upside to that decision is that I could guilt-freely enjoy taking pictures of the surf instead and it was just so beautiful and powerful to watch. Thankfully the offshore breeze was keeping most of the sea-spray off my lens for a change meaning that I could continue to shoot without minute-apart lens cleans.

The light on the sea in the bay was sharp and intense, and the lips of the waves were backlit and sparkling against the darker sky in the background. I enjoyed studying the bands of light and dark as they created monochrome Rothko seas, large ocean canvases of abstract landscape. After an hour or more of outgoing tide, the waves noticeably reduced in height to the point where perhaps I could have gone in, but with a full CF disc I decided to head for hot coffee back in the gallery instead - wrong decision ? Probably ! :-)

© Copyright Glyn Davies 2014 - All rights reserved.

Sunday, 9 March 2014

"Escape" to Greece - first glamour print sale

I was so happy yesterday to get my first web based sale of one of a handful of glamour / nude images on my website, especially when the print is winging it's way to Athens in Greece :-) On the same day I made book sale to a customer in New Mexico - a wonderful international end to my week :-)

This image was just for fun but we were enclosed by a huge white wall in a yard which looked as though it should have been a swimming pool! We couldn't see over the wall at the amazing view beyond, so we used a chair to grab the top of the wall. Even with the chair my beautiful companion couldn't see over the wall but it was fun watching her try :-)

Prints are available from A4 to A1 Editions. Click HERE to see and order any of the nudes in the smaller A4 and A3 sizes.

© Glyn Davies 2013 - All rights reserved.

Friday, 7 March 2014

March 2014 BOOK SALE online


£10 off all of Glyn's special hard-backed photographic art books when purchased online

Just use the following codes at checkout

use this code at checkout : BS0314

for 2 books use this code: BS0314x2
for 3 books use this code: BS0314x3
for 4 books use this code: BS0314x4

Visit the book gallery at the following link:

USUAL prices before the discount is applied are as follows -

Anglesey Landscapes 1 £ 60.00 (50 Anglesey landscapes)

Anglesey Landscapes 2 £ 25.00 (52 Anglesey landscapes)

Nant Gwrtheyrn - An Enchantment £ 25.00 ( A year long project - 72 main images)

Welsh Light £ 45.00 (120 images of Snowdonia, Anglesey & the Llyn Peninsula)

Alternatively, just ring the gallery to make and order and receive your discount, on 01248 715511