About the Book
I was always conscious that the unique character of South Wales cried out to be documented before its personality changed. Many of these pictures were published in my book A Different Country* (2015).
That book's very title reflects how I felt about the images in it; not only was I looking back in time, I was also looking at what indeed was a very different country.
So, I've gone back to some of the places in that book, nearly half a century later in some cases, to see what they are like now. There have obviously been massive changes with the demise of the major industry - coal mining. Some places are barely recognisable, whilst others look and feel much the same.
What struck me on every one of these return visits though was that the warm, friendly, open Welsh welcome that's always been there hasn't changed a bit!
Features & Details
For 25 years I worked as a photographer on various provincial newspapers – first in South Wales during the 1970s, followed by stints in Kent, Hampshire and Derby. While living in Sydney during a two-year travelling break, I worked as a freelance for the Sydney Morning Herald and The Australian. In the 1990s I started freelancing in Derby and started taking my photography in a different direction, doing travel articles with my wife, the writer Helen Werin, and selling landscape and travel photographs to magazines and newspapers. I retired in 2019 and continue to travel and work on my personal photography projects. After 40 years in my files, my old photographs from South Wales in the 1970s have gained a new lease of life with the publication of my book A Different Country. The book continues to sell well and the images are also popular as prints which are available through my website.