Is Humanity The Foundation Of Any Photograph?

As soon as I heard that this weeks challenge was Humanity I knew I would have difficulty with it. It’s just not in my nature to photograph people, and yet, I have captured this fleeting moment as a mother holds her child on a wind-swept beach here in north Wales.

Mother and child

It’s a moment in time shared with me, and captured by my camera, but as always I feel guilty about photographing people as though I was intruding on that fleeting moment.

Humanity is the foundation of any image. Then comes the journalism aspect, and then the photography. – Edmond Terakopian

Look closely at the photograph, what does it tell you? All too often we see kids running wild, parents on their phones, stuck in Facebook, never looking up. But to me this shows a mother who has interest in her child, sharing knowledge and providing protection.

 

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It’s Just A Pile Of Rocks….

….but I keep seeing them everywhere these days.

Stack

Is it a secret message? Or maybe it’s a new version of “Kilroy was here”.

Help me out here. Do you know the significance of these piles of rocks?

Abandoned Buildings In Plenty

Wales has an amazing industrial heritage and here in North Wales we have some great historical relics that you can visit. The National Slate Museum at Llanberis is one of my favourites but behind the museum is Dinorwic Quarry, which was the second largest slate quarry in the world when it was in operation. Much of the quarry is now fenced off but you can still walk around certain parts of the quarry following the Slate Trail.

Abandoned

You will get to see some of the old buildings and definitely get an impression of the sheer size of the quarry, but some of the best buildings are in the fenced off part. Strictly speaking you cannot enter this area but I’ve seen an awful lot of photographs from “behind the fence”

This weeks challenge is Fray and I think you’ll agree that this old building certainly looks frayed. But wait there’s more. I’ve been back to Parys Mountain on Anglesey. At this time of the year the heather is in full bloom and I was hoping to catch some of the fantastic colours of purple along with the yellows, oranges and reds.

Danger

Not quite as good as I thought it was going to be, maybe next week. Tell you what though. It might look sunny here but the wind was howling and cold as well. It was difficult to keep the camera and tripod steady to take this photograph.

Not far from Parys Mountain is Porth Wen, the old brickworks on the coast. Dave Sallery gives an excellent description and history of the brickworks which is well worth reading. Access to Porth Wen is prohibited due to it being Private Property but it can be viewed from the Coastal Path.

Porth Wen

Interestingly though you will see lots of photographs that were not taken from the coastal path. That’s on the hill above Porth Wen. You can see there’s lots of erosion on the cliffs so you have to be careful if you decide to visit Porth Wen by climbing over the metal gate you can see from the coastal path. Around that area there are lots of ferns and prickly gorse bushes. Anglesey Hidden Gems has some useful information about walking the coastal path taking in some of the historic sites on route.

Well that’s it for this week. I hope you will agree that all of the buildings look frayed and as usual I’d love to hear your views on this post. Should you wish to use any of the photographs, you’re welcome to do so as long as you respect my licensing conditions, which are basically, use a photograph, credit me with a link back to my blog. Full licensing conditions can be found on the menu at the top of the page.

A Little Test

According to the blog theme the largest size of image I can use here is 1200 pixels. But I’ve noticed that text spills beyond this size so a little test to see if I can use an image larger than 1200 pixels on the widest size.

Penmon Point

Harlech Beach

Considered as one of the finest beaches in Wales and featured in the television adverts for “Visit Wales”, Harlech Beach and the surrounding dune area has been designated as a site of Special Scientific Interest.

Which-Way

Gwion Llwyd in his blog describes the spot where I’m standing as “Goodness Gracious Corner” and for good reason. I haven’t really done it justice here but the beach does look great during the day. Lots of golden sand stretching to the mouth of the Glaslyn Estuary.

Twist

Interesting challenge this week, which has many options, but I thought to keep it simple with this photograph of a spiral staircase taken on the Conwy town wall, near the castle.

Twist

If you are ever in Conwy it’s worth visiting the town wall and completing the walk along the medieval wall which was constructed between 1283 and 1287 as part of the defensive system, along with the castle which was founded by Edward I. In all there are 21 towers and 3 gatehouses along the 1.3km (0.8 miles) of walls. Word of warning though. If it’s wet, be careful, the polished stones on the walkway, worn down by millions of footsteps over the years, get quite slippery. But on a clear day the views are absolutely magnificent from the top of the walls.

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