Book Review - Welsh Light (08.12)
John Appleby (Footless Crow) Journalist & Outdoor professional
Having just had the pleasure of casting my eyes over renowned landscape photographer, Glyn Davies' eagerly anticipated latest collective works - Welsh Light - it is fair to say from the outset that the collection cannot fail to further cement his reputation as one of our most gifted and imaginative photographers.
Despite being very much a Welsh artist, Glyn in fact was brought up in Cornwall, before crossing the Severn Estuary in his early 20's and settling in the land of his antecedents.
Welsh Light is the fourth collection in a series which began in 2007 with Anglesey Landscapes Volume One and continued in 2008/9 with a second Ynys Mon series and a collection based around Nant Gwrtheyrn on the Llyn Peninsula.
This time around, the photographer has spread his creative net across the uplands and coastlines of north Wales and the island of Anglesey where he is based, and captured a series of images which carry with them more than just technical proficiency but an almost tangible atmosphere. In effect, for those viewers who like myself are familiar with many of these mountain and coastal scenes, the photographs within Welsh Light evoke a powerful sense of being there. Of standing in the photographers' muddy boots and tasting the salted air,feeling the viperous mountain gusts or listening to the plaintive clapperclawing of a circling raven.
This is the difference for me, between those photographers like Glyn Davies who are artists, and those professional photographers who despite being technically proficient and capable of taking 'nice' photographs, fall down when it comes to creating atmosphere in a photograph. For amateurs like myself who have some half decent cameras in their possession- who possess a modicum of photo editing know how and who take thousands of landscape photographs a year, it is sobering to realise that we are only taking snaps compared to artists like Glyn !
Glyn Davies belongs to a honourable tradition of creatives. Artists who take a Ruskin-esque view of the natural world as 'a repository of goodness'. It is a spiritual dimension within art which includes creative figures from Coleridge to John Muir..from The Pre Raphaelite Brotherhood to Edward Abbey.
Although there are a few places in north Wales which haven't felt the heavy hand of man, places still remain which feel timeless. Particularly around the rugged coastline of western Ynys Mon, where remote coves and crenelated cliffs look out to an empty sea. Here Glyn has perfectly seized those timeless qualities and captured the evocative sensory nature of these quiet places.
In the mountain areas where man's presence is all around-in the grey stone walls coiling across bleak hillsides, gaunt chapels set amidst tumbling cottages and barren slate mountains frozen beneath a sea of snow- his lens still manages to capture the living essence of these places. An essence which transcends a mere one dimensional image. These landscapes shaped by humanity, for all their imperfections, still have a sense of scale which exudes a harmonious synchronicity between mankind and nature.
A relationship which has become increasingly threatened by the advancing industrialisation of the uplands, coastlines and seascapes, particularly the rapid development of huge onshore and off shore wind farms. Developments which in effect aesthetically and spiritually rape many of our most beautiful and fragile environments.
However, despite the barbarians at the gate, we should at least be thankful to have creative figures like Glyn Davies around, to chronicle and record the magical essence of our mountain vistas and those otherworldly big sky seascapes. Welsh Light succeeds brilliantly in doing just that. Marking moments in time which move beyond the fleeting moments of man and celebrates the timeless eternal qualities of nature...... Ruskin would approve!
John Appleby 2012
Original review here:
Talk Review - Welsh Light (29.08.12)
Kathy James (NatureBites) Event organiser for Anglesey Marine Week
(the talk) "Welsh Light” came at the end of a very busy day and was the perfect antidote. We admired Glyn’s stunning landscapes and were transported by his poetic descriptions. Glyn is a captivating speaker and I gained a brilliant understanding of his motivations which are much more complex than merely to take a pretty picture. His emotional connection with the sea, for me, summed up the importance of Anglesey Marine Week; our unspoilt world is food for the soul
Book Review - Welsh Light (21.08.12)
Christine McSorley, Welsh Light buyer, Ontario
"I found some time yesterday afternoon (Saturday August 18th 2012) to sit out on the deck in my garden (back yard) in Barrie Ontario and slowly make my way through your wonderful book. This is an activity I will repeat on a regular basis, perhaps not always in the back garden, as the seasons change and the cold -30c temperatures arrive along with the many feet of snow I will be warm and cozy in my house.
It is hard to describe the feeling of sheer elation I felt as I turned each page.
Firstly, I love the book because of the connection it gives me to home “adre”. I lived on Anglesey for nearly 40 years of my life. As a little girl at home in Brynsiencyn, I looked out from my bedroom window at the mountains, revelling in the various shades, colours and light changes happening before me. It was my place of sanctuary “seintwar”. I used to try and capture the scenes with sketches and paint, to no avail, but, the images are still with me in my memories. I didn’t realize at the time the joy these views gave me, I just knew that sat on my window sill looking out over the fields and the Straits towards the mountains was a happy place to be. Glyn thank you for capturing those scenes, allowing me to enjoy them every day, even though I am now 3,500 miles away from the mountains and the vistas I love.
I miss the sea and beaches so much, the taste of the salt on my lips, the feel of the wind in my hair and the sand in between my toes, your photographs bring all this closer to me. The many pictures you take of “my” beach (Llanddwyn) and many more beaches I have walked and loved, creates such “hiraeth” and sheer enjoyment at the same time…so many emotions that I can’t really put into words.
The added dialogue, revealing your connections and feelings when you take the pictures, encapsulates the moment, adds the beautiful personal touch and reveals your relationship with your environment
Secondly, I love the artistry, the concept, the vision. I love photographs ……… always have. I believe pictures reflect the true representation of the subject and your photographs are enhanced by the addition of your personal interpretation of your surroundings, the Welsh countryside I love and know but, now I have seen it in a new light.
Your work is amazing, overwhelming, breathtaking and awe-inspiring"
Diolch yn Fawr Glyn
Book Review - Welsh Light (11.08.12)
Ken Latham, Mountaineer, Welsh Light buyer, Snowdonia
"Just a quick note to say how much I love the new book, I have savoured every image and I love the way you can just jump in and pick up anywhere and any-time, this will not be a book that gets stacked away on the shelf but will lie on the table to be picked up when you need a lift/inspiration/idea or just to dream awhile.
The images are just so evocative and the empathy I have with all the nooks and crannies, the ridges, the lakes, slopes, crags and the coastal beaches are like therapy.
You should be really proud of this body of work and it will stand out as one of the definitive works on Welsh landscape for many a year.
Brilliant matey and thanks again"
Book Review - Welsh Light (11.08.12)
Melanie Goy, Welsh Light buyer, Lincolnshire
"Huge thanks Glyn for my beautiful & amazing book. Your pictures bring me to tears, every time I look at them, they hold such majesty & humility- seeing those images- I'm back in Snowdonia, am barefoot on the beaches- I can breathe Welsh air no matter where I am. Thank you so very much!"
Book Review - Welsh Light
by Tim Parkin for On Landscape (08.08.12)
"Glyn Davies has been living and working photography since an early age with a family connection with the arts that runs very deep. Educated in Photography, TV and Film he has taught photography and run a professional photography business for over twenty five years. His primary passion now is the landscape and after recent successes with his first three shorter books (including getting David Cameron to put his hand in his pocket to buy a copy for the royal wedding recently!) this is in comparison quite an epic with 263 pages compared with the first’s 120 pages.
The format of the book is a hardback, square paged 10″x10″ and each image sites on each typical spread consists of an image on the right and a few lines or a couple of paragraphs of text on the left either written for the book or extracted from Glyn’s blog.
The topic for the book is obviously the Welsh countryside and he seems to have covered much of the diverse nature of the countryside and coast
Some of the most stunning images are taken under dramatically moody light on the top of various hills and mountains such as these below. But there are also some very beautiful photographs of the meadows, towns and farmland as well as the inter-tidal sands.
The book gives a very good flavour of the Welsh countryside and reflects Glyn’s take on landscape photography – avoiding the cliche’d locations and instead capturing the moment as part of a journey. Glyn is also as happy working in black and white as he is in colour – at one moment working in very high contrast monochrome and another a saturated sunset.
If I had to make a single negative comment on the book it would be that it does seem printing dark at times but this may just be an aesthetic decision but on the very dark pictures such as “White Flash, Red Flash”, a lot of the detail is lost.
Given that – if you’re a fan of the Welsh landscape and photography – take a visit to Glyn’s website at http://www.glyndavies.com/, his blog or Facebook and have a browse around and if you like what you see – put your money down. Oh – and if you’re in Anglesey, pay a visit!"
Hi Glyn enjoyed reading your blog as usual. I love reading your blog because you have an obvious love of the landscape.This comes over in your writing and which today you have used two words character and ambience which describes your writing and of course the images so well. Just been looking at your Cornish images an area which I love and think is magical and which I can see in your work. Best wishes
David Mcloughlin (Professional Photographer)
The most impressive collection of images from a single photographer that I have ever seen! Great interview needs to be read more than once.
Michael Eckstein (comment from an on-line interview on the Bill Lockhart Blog)
"This has been like a bloody good read, not being able to put it down. I recommend you all take a look, I have waited for each entry with anticipation and eagerness. The impressive way you describe each detailed entry is fabulous, I almost felt I was there with you. Now sad you have finished and the book [Nant Gwrtheyrn - The Enchantment] is ready. You must continue the blog, it is fascinating. The pics along the way have been beautiful. Thank you for the fascinating insight into your world xxxxx"
Cathy Johnson, Proprietor, Burn Naze, Liverpool
"You keep amazing me with your images, part of me envies you for living in such a wonderful part of the Isle, the other part respects you for your ability to compose and capture such bloody wonderful images. Keep it up, Glyn."
Simon E. Brown - Professional Photographer (Sharpen Your Image)
"A great interview and as always stunning images. Like Dave I attended Glyn’s courses many years ago and he literally opened my eyes to a different way of looking at the world, I think I’d been walking around with blinkers on before then! Years on, whilst I may take less photos,(sorry Glyn) I’m still thankful for that gift he gave me, every single time I see a ray of light hit a hillside or look at the tiny details in a stone wall or watch the reflection of clouds in water. It’s great to see him getting the recognition he rightly deserves"
Jo Swift - Devon Business Development Officer - (comment from an on-line interview on the Bill Lockhart Blog)
"I have always loved looking at pictures and eventually at the age of fifteen I got myself a camera and spent the next 20 years learning the art of photography from books, magazines etc. then for no reason, myself and my wife decided to go live in North Wales, One evening my wife said that in the local paper a photographer was offering evening classes, so I thought it sounded ok and went, Glyn showed some of his work and I was impressed, so I joined the group, I soon realised that although I was competent technically I didnt know how to really see, after some weeks of listening intently to what Glyn was teaching I slowly started to realise what it was all about and my work started to improve. Glyn then asked if I would be interested in being his assistant, so of course it was too good an opportunity to miss and had the next year working with Glyn, I suppose what I really want to say is Glyn was totally free with his knowledge and taught me everything, he took me under his wing and gave me something, I cant put into words what it was but I will always be thankful. Glyn is the master photographer but more than that"
Dave Molloy - Photographer (comment from an on-line interview on the Bill Lockhart Blog)
"A most compelling interview, illustrated by the photographers own work. He speaks from the heart about his passion and yet has managed to build a successful business and gallery, never that easy in a commercial world. His images are full of passion and drama but not over the top in any way, just packed full of wonderful light and seaspray, colour across the land he obviously loves and details that many of us would walk by and never notice. I had the great pleasure of meeting Glyn last year in his gallery. He took the time to be pleasant and inviting to explore his work and I passed a wonderful 30 minutes immersed in Wales. His images sing and dance on the walls and it’s very difficult not to want an image from his collection. Wales is enriched by the talents and presence of this artist from Cornwall"
Dougie (Comment from an online interview at the Bill Lockhart blog)
GALLERY and GENERAL
"We met at your gorgeous gallery just some three weeks ago.We exchanged a few comments about photography, your kind of "enigmatic" lovely titles and how they demanded a thorough thinking which would sometimes surpass the time spent on the shots themselves. I simply admire your awesome work!"
Alicia Perrone - Buenos Aires- ARGENTINA
From an Amazon.co.uk review: Glyn Davies has a special way of painting with his skilled eye & camera - the pictures astound, can take your breath away, stop you in your tracks & make you want to visit the places he has seen through his lens, & of course hang on your wall. I have visited some of these locations, with some holding extremely special memories in my heart, & I have taken pictures there too - but nothing compares to a Glyn Davies image when he has been there & captured the light 'just right' & the moment in time that was his! I have my eye on a few...
Tracey Valliere-Evans - Designer / owner www.Frocked.co.uk
"Can I just say I think your photography is absolutely amazing!! I will definitely be making a stop off to your gallery. My family and I have been travelling to Anglesey for many many years to camp mainly and explore the island. Your photos capture the spirit of the island superbly, love it love it love it!"
"Hi Glyn. We were really really impressed by your work on Saturday. The shot of the lost Valley down the Llyn is amazing. Keep up the great work!!!!"
Elwyn Williams, Anglesey
'Thank you, your talent is amazing, you are able to capture mood, time and space with spiritual echoes that stir memories on the back roads of one’s mind. I first saw your work some three years ago and tried to track you down. I now have met you and own one of your beautiful images, which to quote Keats “A thing of beauty is a joy forever”
Kay Hazan, Gallery Customer
"Stunning Seascapes to die for - the passion of the photographer is amazing"
Kim Davies and Angus Taylor, Arts Weeks Visitors
"I absolutely love 'Rock Bottom'! It's something I will always enjoy and treasure for years to come .... I can already tell it will prove to be a talking point with visitors! Thank you both for such a really special present."
Alison Ford, The EmSpace, Farnham, Surrey
"I am writing to offer my congratulations on your recent success in gaining a silver award in the London Photographic Awards series competition 2005. I know it is well deserved and I will most certainly visit your gallery when I next visit Menai Bridge. Once again, congratulations for this achievement"
Albert Owen MP/AS, House of Commons
Annwyl Glyn -- I was at the Nant this past summer when your photos were on display and fell in love with them.Unfortunately they could not fit in my suitcase.This was my second time there and you captured the magic of the place so beautifully - especially the pic of the cottages through the tree - my favourite...Your photo of that tiny iron piece on the beach is sheer genius --- as you can see-- I am a big fan..... I would love to order a copy of your book. Congrats on such a terrific capture of the "Place of Enchantment"
Gwen Giffin-Carter, Spring Hill, Florida
Wonderful photography, Glyn, will do my best to get to the exhibition. No.16 on this sequence is my favourite, beautiful composition and tone. Based on the BBC website link for Isles Apart.
Simon Brown, Photographer, St Albans
Inspiring and inspired work from someone who can clearly see beyond the obvious, and produces images that demand a close look. I must try to get to the exhibition to see the work in the flesh thing! Based on the BBC website link for Isles Apart
Richard Kenward, Abergavenny Precision Drum Scanning
"Your pictures are just awe inspiring, absolutely breathtaking, one day I will (WILL) be privileged to own something, I just need to save up, I know exactly where it’s going to go!" Private View of new collection for Anglesey Arts Weeks 2006
Eila Wilkinson, www.bulgarianadventure.com
'Salt n Ships', an exhibition of maritime drawings and photographs by the father and son team of Welsh artists Gareth and Glyn Davies. This marks the end of the year of the sea (Hurrah!) and is possibly the best one I've seen over this past year of boring pictures of boats and more boats. Glyn's photographs are well composed and focused and, most importantly, interesting. You can see more of his stuff on his website at www.artphotowales.com . Gareth's paintings or drawings are similar in size and composition to the photographs but are created using water based crayon and ink. There's a lot of detail in most of them and the colours are strong. A really nice, well presented show.
Ian Jackson, Editor of Art in Liverpool Weblog, www.artinliverpool.com
I really enjoyed the exhibition by the way, some friends were with me and they were blown away by some of the photographs. I liked all of them, but out of curiosity I'd like to know how many people chose the same one as me as the best one in the collection. I really liked the small fishing boat on the bottle green water in St Ives. I thought it was extremely clever the way the complementary colours worked to keep your eye moving within the image
Justin Allen, Gringo Design about "Celtic Connections"
I loved seeing your superb maritime prints at the Williamson and was also very impressed by the quality of the prints
Patrick Faleur LRPS, about "Salt n Ships" exhibition
Just a short note to say that it was great to meet up yesterday and also to view those superb images; very much enjoyed!
Graham Brazendale (Professional photographer) about "Salt n Ships" exhibition
Just to let you know the reason I've visited your website is because I viewed your works in Penrhyn Castle last week whilst we were visiting and i was very impressed with al the pics. You've inspired me to get my SLR out again and work out how to use it properly!
Karin Crimmins (exhibition visitor)
Nant Gwrtheyrn - Y Swyngyfaredd "A keen photographer myself, working in monochrome, I have often photographed in Snowdonia but not so much in Nant. What I particularly liked about your work, was that it's not all about "pretty pictures" which just about every other landscape photographer seems to churn out relentlessly. Your pictures also have something else - sometimes verging on abstraction which makes them different from the rest. The book is a real treasure" Nigel Dean - Amateur photographer with family links to Nant
Anglesey Landscapes/ Tirluniau Môn Whether you’ve had the pleasure of visiting this stunning part of the world or not, Glyn Davies’s photographs serve as a wonderful introduction to the best photographic locations in the area. Each photograph is of exquisite quality, demonstrative of the range of possibilities open to the landscape photographer, whatever the weather. Davies annotates each image in English and Welsh, revealing his emotional response to the dramatic landscape and the elements within it. Whether you’re a photographer or art lover, you’ll be delighted by this.
Digital Photographer Magazine, Issue 64 (Dec 2007)
Anglesey Landscapes books 1 and 2: "I've had a look through the books and what can I say? The only time I've seen any number of your digital works was when we visited you at your original shop/gallery in Menai Bridge but what's great to see from the images in the books is that although the medium is now digital the images are still instantly recognisable as Glyn Davies. When we were at your gallery there was one image that caught my attention, "Telford's Rain" and several times since I've thought, "I should have bought that", so it's really nice to see it print. As always the images don't dissapoint. It's obvious that you know and understand your subject matter, particularly the light. As I've known you from the early days, knowing the hard times you've had and the amount of hard work you've put into your work and art it's fantastic to see you growing and being so successful. I feel really proud to call you a friend. We've always bragged about our wedding photographs, now we can tell everyone they were taken by a famous photographer :-) And finally I think the conclusion for me is that you're still a smart arse when it comes to great photography!
Emyr Wyn Jones, IT consultant, Australia
Anglesey Landscapes book 2 "Thanks for the beautiful images Glyn!My favourites are the more monotone images such as 'mystical isles', 'search for lost souls', 'light appeared in the darkness', etc - stunning, atmospheric photographs of mysterious places - lovely titles too :-) Again, my only disappointment is that I cannot see the real prints in something like A2+ sizes. I'm sure they are something special. Bravo!
Tariq Dajani, Photographer, Middle East
Anglesey Landscapes book 1 and 2. The Books are superb, I have scarcely put them down and have taken great pleasure in studying your words alongside the images, I can see myself returning to them over and over. To have so much to discover on your immediate doorstep and to capture in such a powerful way must be so satisfying. Your dedication and motivation is an inspiration.
Carl Pinnington - Photographer
Anglesey Landscapes book: I am delighted with your book. Not only do you have impeccable artistic antecedents, but you also have the eyes and the soul of an artist. Daliwch ati.
Tim Mimpriss, Photographer, Bangor, N.Wales
Anglesey Landscapes book: Hi Glyn, the book smells lovely! I just love it. the images are a lovely reminder of memories and places once visited, and of course a reminder of the highest standards you achieve. I would really really love to see a book of your industrial work. Well done, its a great book that I will always look to for inspiration and guidance.
Dave Molloy, Professional Photographer, Kent
Anglesey Landscapes book - PUBLISHED REVIEW: Not one to be missed! If you don’t get one for Christmas don’t wait ‘til your birthday (unless its in January!) because you can forget the weather outside and while away the winter blues with this wonderful collection of images. By enveloping yourself in the alluring and captivating images, you can loose yourself page after luxurious page, as you browse ‘Anglesey Landscapes- Tirluniau Mon’. Glyn’s images range from evoking the ‘hiraeth’ to dynamic - even quirky - and are a testimony to his creativity and love of landscape. With 120 luxurious pages filled with fine art photography, stunning locations, mixed with the creative talent of this respected artist, at £29.99 this book is definitely one for every landscape loving person’s bookshelf. Coastline, mists and seas – Glyn has created a tantalising look at Anglesey’s Landscapes
Andrea Monteith, Director and Editor, Word of Mouth North Wales Ltd.
Anglesey Landscapes book: I love the book, it really is a beautiful thing! I am looking forward to really giving it the time it deserves. My Mrs saw it on the side and said," wow, why can't you do things like that?" Nice. I'll drop you line when I have looked at it properly without the noise of my babies banging pots and pans. Thanks again Glyn, beautiful work.
Chris Terry, Professional Portrait and Celebrity Photographer, www.christopherterry.com
Anglesey Landscapes book: I have been meaning to write to you ever since I took the new book home following the evening launch. May I congratulate you on a truly excellent publication. The quality of your work goes without saying but in addition I really enjoyed the text and narrative which supports the images. Glad to see that North Wales Fire and Rescue Service get a mention also!
Colin Hanks, Assistant Chief Fire Officer, North Wales Fire and Rescue Service
Anglesey Landscapes book: I've been sitting here for over an hour, coffee, chocolate bar and Glyn's book, thought I'd just have a quick skim through before getting on with work. Glyn, you live in a gorgeous part of the country and your pictures are truly beautiful. You must be very proud of this book, really well done. Impossible to pick out one favourite above the others but 'Dusk pushes forward' is certainly in the top league, a fabulous shot.
Simon Brown, Professional Photographer, www.sharpenyourimage.co.uk
Anglesey Landscapes book: I've had a good week to read your book. Having spent quite a bit of time at the Anglesey Race Circuit in recent years, mainly in driving rain and howling gales, I was amazed at how calm North Wales can be! Beautiful book Glyn, good on you for taking a personal project this far - I can see why your tail is wagging! Next time I pass that way, I too would like to see the images 'for real.'
Paul Debois, Professional Photographer, www.pauldebois.com
Anglesey Landscapes book: Although I received your book within two days of ordering it over the phone about two weeks ago, I have only just now found the time it deserved and to thoroughly immerse in your words and images (a rapid glance and knee-jerk comment is not my style). Well, Glyn, talk about bare your soul! You haven't just compiled a set of truly beautiful images with dialogue, you've included a very interesting prologue of what drives you and why it drives you. I am not a landscape photographer but I am left inspired by (and somewhat jealous of) your vision and approach and I am sure any reader will feel likewise. In a word; "fantastic". To everyone else, I cannot recommend this book too highly - if you haven't yet bought a copy, you are depriving yourself of a visual feast. If you ask Glyn nicely, he might even personally sign a copy for you! (No - Glyn is not paying me any commissions!)
Malcolm Jeffs, Malcolm Jeffs Photography, www.malcolmjeffsphotography.co.uk
Anglesey Landscapes book: Thank you so much for the book, and your message! It's absolutely gorgeous - so beautifully designed and presented - I'm sure it will sell very well indeed and I wish you the best of luck with it. You've had some great feedback on your book so far too - all thoroughly deserved, it's a gorgeous book - everyone I've shown it to agrees!
Josie Reavely Staff Writer, Digital Photographer Magazine
Anglesey Landscapes book: Gorgeous is a good word, if a tad inadequate, bloody well done you. Some specifics: a) Can't find a shot I don't want to look at for a long time,hmmmm, this is probably "a good thing" but I'm no critic! b) Have you met Joe Cornish? (This is a subtle compliment!) c) My faves are "Red Hot", "They Hear No More Prayers", "Sky Inversion", "Wind Formed 1" and (especially) "Reflecting Old Times". What really rocked my boat was the fact that there are no 'fillers' in this book. To put together a collection of 100% beautiful images takes some doing and you deserve all the plaudits you will doubtless get for this work.
Jonathan Brown, Professional Photographer
Anglesey Landscapes book: What can I say!! I think thats the best 25 quid investment I ever made! The Images are both stunning and inspirational! The book is sitting pride of place on our coffee table, and the Missus cant keep her hands off it! I did try to sell her on the idea of a limited edition Glyn Davies fine art print!.. ) Anyhow thanks for the inspiration to get out of the studio and go for a wander with my xpan.. A wonderful, wonderful book.. congratulations and kudos to you.
Lee Gladman, Professional Photographer, Tag:Creative, www.tagworldwide.com
Anglesey Landscapes book: I spent yesterday evening browsing through your excellent book, read all of it too, except the Welsh bits! You can be very proud of this creation, a fantastic set of images in a well produced book along with evocative text. Very very difficult to pick favourites, but I tried to narrow it down to three images. If I looked through again I know I'd be tempted to change my mind! Aberffraw Storm absolutely stopped me in my tracks. A really super work, landscape, seascape, skyscape, all reduced to their bare essentials. An image to die for. Beautiful Silent Danger. Fantastic light, and I think even without your text one would feel the danger from the water. The way the stones gradually fade into the depths of the water, and the surface texture, gives one the clear impression of water flowing relentlessly out to sea. The large white stone with its spooky looking seaweed 'fingers' clasping it is such a magnetic draw for the eye! A wonderful piece of composition! Wind-formed 1. A feast of contrasts in light and shade, and in texture, reduced down to black and white tones. I guess this might have been a close call as to whether to leave the colour in it, or make it monochrome? I love the contrast from the gritty wind shaped sand, the spiky dark grasses, and the soft luminous sky. A masterwork. Many thanks for the book and the inscription, I'll get lots of pleasure looking at it again and again.
Gordon Harrison, Professional Landscape Photographer, www.gordon-c-harrison.co.uk
Anglesey Landscapes book: Mum and dad sent us your new book as a Christmas present and I've just been though it cover to cover yesterday and enjoyed it SO much. The photos are amazing, and it makes me miss Anglesey a lot! It's on the coffee table now for all Australian visitors to see.
Nia Morgan, Cardiff
Anglesey Landscapes book/ Tirluniau Môn Whether you’ve had the pleasure of visiting this stunning part of the world or not, Glyn Davies’s photographs serve as a wonderful introduction...
Digital Photographer Magazine, Issue 64 (Dec 2007)
COMMISSIONS and PURCHASES
"Glyn is a highly talented photographer with a stunning portfolio of work. His drive to succeed is admirable and he's always willing to go that extra mile to produce the best results possible. Highly recommended as a photographer and as an approachable, yet professional businessman"
Josie Reavely; Reviews Editor at Imagine Publishing
From "Linked-In" testimonials: "It was hard to choose only three attributes for Glyn's work. Glyn took the commission to provide a wide range of mainly North Wales images for the new £14m Management Centre, part of Bangor University Business School. We have received high plaudits from all centre visitors regarding the work, which we hope will provide a showcase for these images. As well as providing images displaying superb artistry and talent, Glyn has been a pleasure to work with; he has a deep knowledge of his craft but also adopts a clear business-like approach to the client-supplier relationship. All the work was delivered on time and to agreed budget." James Goodman, Director of Strategic Operations at The Management Centre, Bangor Business School.
"Enclosed is a complimentary copy of the book for which you kindly provided images....Thanks for being so helpful and professional in your approach. It has been a pleasure working with you" Mairwen Prys Jones, Publishing Director, Gomer Press Limited
"North Wales Fire & Rescue Service have recently procured a new headquarters building on the St Asaph Business Park. In order to add character to the building Art Photo Wales was selected to provide a wide range of photographic prints of Welsh landscape. Throughout the collaboration, North Wales Fire & Rescue Service found Art Photo Wales to be professional, accommodating and producing work of an exceptional standard" Nigel Williams (Estates Manager) North Wales Fire and Rescue Service
The images look fantastic on the walls. well worth the money Robin Hardy, Dafydd Hardy Estate Agents (purchase of fine-art prints for estate agent's office)
"A true professional and a lovely guy. Glyn took Frocked’s first ever photo-shoot & was a true pro, guiding & advising us on our steep learning curve. He manages to catch the moment, the colour & the feeling. His images are truly beautiful to look at, whilst also creating a real desire to visit places he has captured on camera. Glyn’s passion is truly illustrated in his photographs & you know that he thoroughly enjoys his work...& my, doesn't it just show!!"
Tracey Valliere-Evans - Managing and Creative Director of Frocked de la Vallière ltd
"Just to say thank you for talking to us today. We all enjoyed listening to you and looking at your superb photographs"
Beryl Roberts (Chairman) The Straits Luncheon Club
TV and RADIO
I love Anglesey. It's a long way to drive and it's been photographed within an inch of trans-mutating the landscape itself into pixels. My favourite Anglesey photos come courtesy of Glyn Davies [ http://www.glyndavies.com/ ]. His landscapes are so good they make me want to burn my own eyes out. A bit extreme. And a lie. They're very good. Very very good.
Radio and Music DJ: Adam Walton, BBC
"Just a line to tell you how much I enjoyed the program last night. Really good, and the pics you got were stunning" Sian Davies, Caernarfon Camera Club