I recently wrapped up the photography for a book in collaboration with the makers of the cult Welsh-made crime drama Hinterland (or y Gwyll if you prefer the melodic tones of our native Welsh tongue). Personally, though not a Welsh speaker I prefer the authenticity of y Gwyll: put simply, the language suits the landscape; ancient and true.
The project meant travelling around Ceredigion for eight months exploring one of the grittiest landscapes in Wales and I absolutely loved every single minute of it; even the bit where I had to reverse down a car-huggingly narrow lane for nearly a mile when I arrived at a padlocked gate after a very long and gruelling day’s photography! Deep breaths and thoughts of chips in Aberaeron on the way home helped me maintain my cool.
As a die-hard fan of the show one of the highlights, amongst so many, was going on set in the wilds of the Cambrian Mountains to shoot the cast and crew. Richard Harrington (DCI Tom Mathias), Mali Harries (DI Mared Rhys) and the crew were a top-notch bunch; inviting and chatty in that inquisitively warm Welsh way.
My contribution to the book comprises 120 pages of black and white landscape and detail shots, telling the story of each of the locations I visited. Should be out May or June 2017 and I can’t wait.