'Cynddylan on a Tractor' is a memorable early poem by one of my favourite poets, RS Thomas (in 'An Acre of Land', 1952). Many of my images captured in rural Wales have been inspired by RS Thomas' poems. Thomas was commenting on the emergence of mechanised farming in Wales. He pokes semi-anodyne condescension at Cynddylan the yokel for emancipating himself from being a slave of the soil to something Thomas considered altogether worse, a slave of the machine; his own 'rage against the machine' was born at least forty years before a certain popular American rock group.
In his later years, RS Thomas lived in the same Welsh parish as I do and his legendary curmudgeonly manner did not wane with age. The first time he went to the local shop he complained that someone had spoken in English. Most fine days his gaunt frame could be seen slowly making its way up the hill past my house. I only spoke to him once, on one of these walks, thanking him for the poems in my all too obvious non-native clumsy Welsh. He took one look at me as if I was a lunatic from Mars, let out a loud harrumph! and proceeded on his way, lest I ruin his walk even more. Probably a good thing I didn't ask for his portrait. Though in hindsight, an opportunity missed.
It's Latin for 'image of the day'. OK, images don't quite appear every day, but they are randomly selected images from my eclectic archive, so they're worth a look. And sometimes they're even accompanied by photography related words. Depicting whatever from wherever until whenever since November 2019. A sister site to my more static portfolio: telltaleimages.com
"Everywhere I look, and most of the time I look, I see photographs."
Bert Hardy (1913-1995)
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To my mind, probably the finest documentary photographer
working in the UK today. Except he doesn't do this for a living; all the people whose lives he chronicles are known to him personally. Strikingly honest photography.
British documentary and news photographer who had a gift for capturing the gritty streets and no-frill lives of people living in the poorest districts of post-war Britain.
The respected Armenian-Turkish documentary and portrait photographer, who denied photography was an art form, travelled the world photographing celebrities. But his monochrome images depicting the working class people of mid-20th century Istanbul are the images that stand out for me.
British newspaper photographer who photographed many ordinary folk, but mainly famous people, especially those associated with the arts. For many years she used only a simple camera, an Olympus OM1, a standard 50mm lens and available light.
German professional photographer. It's not his commercial work that works for me but his street-honest personal photojournalism projects. 'Wee Muckers', his depictions of Belfast teenagers is downright saddening and inspiring.