Wednesday, 25 June 2014

"The Commandment" a 'Contest Awards' winner - To appear in a new book

I am delighted to announce that one of my recent nudes-in-landscape images, "The Commandment" has been selected as one of the winners in the "Contest Awards" for inclusion in a book published by the Netherlands based "Unlimited Grain Gallery"


The subject matter was completely open so a very hard challenge for any judges, but I was beaten by a monkey :-) A very good picture of a monkey it was too, and I am really honoured to be included in the selection.


Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Wildlife photographer, John Deakin, pays me a visit

Facebook really is a mixed bag for most users as it can cause as many problems as fun, but one of the best opportunities it brings by far, is meeting new people and connecting with old friends.

I had chatted with wildlife photographer, John Deakin, for several years on Facebook, loving his very special and sensitive shots of elephants and big game in Africa where he lived for a while, but I never ever imagined meeting the man behind the camera.

It was truly a surprise when I received a text message saying something along the lines of, “Where the Hell are you Glyn my man, as I’m standing outside your gallery and it’s closed – how do you ever make money ?” ☺

I was already out and about with my lovely Jan, on a rare day off that fortnight, but arranged by text to meet John later on for a meal. However Jan said it really wasn’t a problem if we went home early so that I could go out shooting with John for an hour or so, as it was such a glorious evening, and John jumped at the chance when I suggested it.

I met him at the Victoria Hotel in Menai Bridge where he was staying and he kindly offered to drive. I sort of recognised him straight away, not from his Facebook avatar but more because he just 'looked' like a real photographer, don’t ask me why but I just sensed it ☺

As we headed towards the North coast into a lowering sun on a glaring A55, we chatted as if we had known each other for years, which of course in a way we had. Of course the conversation mostly revolved around the profession, photography and business, but it evolved into life, love and future making the chat far more interesting than purely discussion of cameras - though if you do want to chat cameras John really seems to be a guru about photo technology, and is in love with his Fuji machines.

John lives in a landlocked area of England so for him, the journey to the sea almost had him twitching with excitement and he wasn’t to be disappointed when he arrived at my secret beach. The almost flat sea was gently pushing in over superbly sculpted geology. He just kept saying how beautiful it all was and what an amazing place I’d brought him to. I was infected by his enthusiasm which was fortunate as the shooting conditions were all wrong for me, not a cloud in the featureless blue sky and less beach and foreground interest than I would usually prefer. Equally I seek solitude when making images and certainly would never dream of shooting alongside other photographers, but there was something about John’s friendly personality combined with his insistence that I ignore him and shoot as if he were not there, which meant I gave it a go anyway.


I've posted a couple of the landscape images I shot and I prefer the oystercatcher moment, which is particularly apt considering John’s specialisation. I enjoyed shooting John’s portrait as much as the landscapes but John was in landscape seventh Heaven, loving the sea, the location and the massive ball of sun that built on the horizon, turning the world red before it hissed into the Irish Sea. We headed back for a rich and lovely meal at the Taste of India in Menai Bridge, before retiring to our house for G&Ts and further chat. He must have been happy as he says he rarely drinks – I am a bad influence I know!


So Facebook has introduced me to a lovely man and a new real life friend, who I know I will meet again. He didn’t get to meet the gorgeous Jan he’d also checked out on Facebook :-) but he will next time for sure! Thanks John for taking the time to message me and pay me a visit. Thanks also for all your wise words and supportive, complimentary advice, much appreciated. Until next time, Iechyd Da

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Sunday, 4 May 2014

The Commandment - first edition print sold

My taster show for "Landscape Figures" which is showing this Summer at the Oriel Ynys Môn from 09.08.14 - 21.09.14, has been incredibly well received by all. Irrespective of age or gender the response to these Glyn Davies landscapes, for the first time featuring nudes, has been remarkable.


I have just sold a third Limited Edition A1 in just over two weeks. This one is "The Commandment". Here we are presented with an almost biblical scene, a small tree under burning morning sunlight, a craggy deserted mountain side and a gateway to Heaven in the sky above. The backwards-flexed, almost abandoned naked figure, her flesh precariously close to the needle-sharp thorny tree is metaphor rich. However remove the figure and the landscape still retains spiritual significance, for me at least. This same thought process is applied to each of the images I have made.

I believe that it's my passion for solitude and open spaces - the spirit of the land - that helps viewers to connect with the images. The landscape is definitely my prime motive.

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

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.

http://glyndavies.photoshelter.com/gallery/Landscape-Nudes/G0000yTWacP7CoBc/C0000IbkTDafhLvQ

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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

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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.


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