Saturday, 30 October 2010
At Nant Gwrtheyrn, in the famous tragic legend of Rhys & Meinir, a young bride play-hiding from her betrothed, hides in a tree and can't get out. Years after, the husband to be has gone mad with grief until finally the tree gets struck by lightening and splits open, revealing the sad sight of the skeleton of the young bride still in her wedding dress. The young lad immediately falls down dead (as you would I guess!!) but of course the lovers are then together for eternity.
A modern young couple, marine biologists Henry and Helen, who successfully managed to get married at Nant Gwrtheyrn without getting trapped in either a tree or a submersible, bought this image as one of two they fell in love with which evoked a strong emotional connection to they place they love and married in. They decided to get each of their wedding guests to sign the mount as an even stronger connection with the place and their special day. I know they were a little panicky about what the guests might think of the image, but as it happens everyone seemed to get into the spirit of this magical place and a wonderful idea. I have just finished framing it for them today.
So what were MY reasons for taking the image in the first place ? From my book, "Nant Gwrtheyrn - Y Swyngyfaredd (The Enchantment)" comes my explanation:
"If I knew I was dying, this would be an ideal place to go. On a grassy terrace, high above the beach, looking south-west over the Irish Sea, it brought back memories from so many places I’ve lived and visited, from Cornwall to the Azores, Scotland to the Canaries. The huge cliffs, steep drops and open expanse of the ocean would be a fitting place to close my eyes for the last time. I can only hope the poor sheep took similarly uplifting thoughts with her!"
So in a way, for my two friends, fascinated by the cycles of nature and immersed in marine biology and conservation, the natural cycle of life and death played out here at Nant seems a very fitting and relevant image. It is a period in their lives which is all to do with other natural things like love, life and enjoying existence to the full in the time we have been honoured on this beautiful planet.
My best wishes will always be there for this wonderful couple, and for a rich, rewarding life together.
|Lily Hogan-Hughes - aged 2 © Glyn Davies 2010|
Have been so busy with my landscapes recently that I have neglected to push any portrait work, so it was a really nice surprise when an existing customer rang me out of the blue to book a new session. I had photographed Lily Hogan-Hughes when she was just a few weeks old, and her mum Elaine now wanted Lily photographed again, at 2yrs old. I can't believe how the time has flown, it only seemed a few months ago !
|Lily aged - a few weeks ! © Glyn Davies 2010|
It wasn't a good start when Lily started crying as soon as she entered the gallery and Elaine and I both shared that sudden feeling that the shoot was going to be ... well not going to be at all! Fortunately, with some very quiet talking and showing Lily a real fake baby cat which needed stroking, the tears started to dry and a glimmer of interest spread across Lily's face. Kids are like this aren't they, it's endless psychology and mind games, which only reverses on us when they become teenagers!
Anyway I just chatted away and laughed and played music and Elaine did likewise and fortunately, within maybe 15-20 minutes of just play, little Lily was totally on our side and was having great fun. By the end she was actually posing, giving different expressions and even dancing for us, utterly beautiful, cute and so endearing. At this point in any shoot it just becomes great fun, as photography becomes nothing more than a subconscious activity whilst enjoying the simple wonder of kids.
|Lily dancing © Glyn Davies 2010|
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