Exhibitions, books, web sites, magazines – there are loads of places that I draw inspiration from. Here are some resources that I think are worth sharing.
Exhibitions & Events
I’m a sucker for a good photography exhibition, but exhibitions are temporary by their very nature. Check my posts for details of ones that I have visited and enjoyed, either in person or online, or are coming up.
Galleries dedicated to photography in north Wales are, sadly, few and far between.
The best, in my opinion, is Oriel Colwyn. Curated by Paul Sampson,and located above Theatr Colwyn, Abergele Road, Colwyn Bay, Conwy, LL29 7RU. it has regular and varied exhibitions, which are always excellently presented. The gallery is also directly involved in organising and presenting the bi-annual Northern Eye photographic festival, which alternates between Aberystwyth and Colwyn Bay.
Tilt & Shift Photography, run by Eleri Griffiths and David Paddy, is at Albert House, 18 Denbigh Street, Llanrwst, Conwy, LL26 0LL. Due to their commercial photographic commitments booking a visit in advance is essential (bookings can be made via their website), but the gallery is currently generally open between 11.00am and 4.00pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Artistik is a gallery for run by Dave O’Shea, at 18 Station Road, Llanrwst, Conwy, LL26 0EP. Dave’s work includes landscapes, wildlife, family portraits and pets.
Oriel Glyn Davies Gallery showcases Glyn’s stunning photography, covering a wide range of genres. His gallery is at Bridge Street, Menai Bridge, Anglesey, LL59 5DN.
I’m pathologically unable to resist buying photography books, and now have a substantial collection. Most are collections of many and varied photographers’ work, rather than “how-to” technical books. These are some of my favourites.
“Photographing North Wales” by Simon Kitchin. This is a really useful book for anyone visiting the area that wants a handy guide to the most photogenic landscapes.
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The web is an ocean of photography web sites, all vying for our attention. Some are more memorable than others (subjectively speaking…)
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There are many magazines to choose from, covering general or specific subject areas, or devoted to particular makes of camera. Here’s a selection that you can subscribe to, or obtain from High Street newsagents.
Amateur Photographer is a good site, with lots of interesting articles to read, including some from current issues.
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The only camera and photography shop local to me in North Wales is Cambrian Photography in Colwyn Bay. It’s a well-stocked shop, with new and 2nd hand equipment, and the staff are very knowledgeable and helpful. Well worth a visit, if you’re anywhere in the area.
The annual Photography Show & Video show is held at the NEC. It’s a huge event, spread over several days, with a mixture of sales & demonstration stands by suppliers, large and small, including the major brands. There are always talks and demonstrations, some of which are free, plus a schedule of ticketed lectures by leading photographers. You can often get special “show prices”, or special offers on equipment, so if you’re looking to buy, it can be worth the day out.