Landscapes and Post-Industrial South Wales

Stuart enjoys taking great photos and uncovering the stories behind them.

His main photography project is Merthyr Road - a look at the history and the legacy of the industrialisation of the South Wales Valleys.

Towards Pontypridd

The Spice Island Inn, Portsmouth Harbour

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My desktop wallpaper today is this shot of the Spice Island Inn in Portsmouth Harbour from 2006. I’ve never been in this pub, but today I find myself feeling like a pint at lunch time for a change. How about you?

I’m trying to remember which lens I used to take this shot, because I’m surprised at how well it looks at full size. I think it must have been the 28-70mm kit lens that came with my first Nikon film camera, the Nikon F55; I didn’t own the 18-135mm lens at the time. I might have to dig it out from whatever box it’s sitting in and use it some more with the Nikon D200 at the weekend.

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Where Brown Lenox Used To Be

This is the site where the Newbridge Chain Works, operated by Brown, Lenox, and Co Ltd used to be.

The Chain Works were built in 1816, and Brown Lennox operated a factory here until 2000. Since then, the site fell into disrepair, until in 2007 the local council took steps which eventually led to the site being cleared in 2009.

The Rhondda Cynon Taff Libraries Digital Archive contains over fifty photos of the chainworks, several of which have been published in local history books over the years.

Today, the town is waiting to hear what will happen next on this piece of prime land … one of the oldest pieces of developed land in the town. Originally it was going to be a Morrisons supermarket, but that was rejected by the Welsh Assembly Government. Now? It might become a Sainsbury’s supermarket instead.

Or maybe in 10 years time we’ll still be left wondering what will happen.

Copyright (c) 2010 Stuart Herbert. blog | twitter: (photography) (all).

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My desktop wallpaper today is one of my favourite shots. Although I like my feet firmly planted on dry land, I love walking beside rivers just as much as my wife enjoys walking under trees. Rivers are normally deep and calming, or like this … fast-flowing and bursting with energy and excitement.

Taken on the River Taff in Hawthorn.

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I want to share with you Norman Priesset of photographs of Pontypridd from New Years Day, 2005, which I recently found on Flickr.

I’ve written before about the decline of Pontypridd, and am planning on doing so again later this year. For as long as I’ve lived here in Ponty, the talk of the town has always been about how local council neglect has seen Ponty become more and more run down over the years. And sets of photos like Norman’s are an important example of how this has been the case for years, under successive administrations. Compare his to mine from 2007, and you’ll see little difference, sadly, in the state of this town.

I’d urge you all to go out and vote in the local elections next month, but in all honesty I’ve been unable to work out from the ‘net whether or not there will be any local elections in Pontypridd.

Anyways, go and check out Norman’s photos, and see the situation for yourself.

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Birds

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My desktop wallpaper today is this shot of some birds on a rock by the sea by the Butt of Lewis in Scotland.

Every time we choose to holiday in Scotland, we have a great time. We’ve thoroughly fallen for the country, and hope one day to be able to afford to move up there permanently. (That’ll have to wait some years, until Kristi’s elderly parents don’t need us any more, and until my Tai Chi school down here doesn’t need me either). Scotland in general, and the islands in particular, are a photography paradise. One day, I’d love to write and publish a book just of Scottish island photography. That really would be a labour of love.

I’ll be back on Monday with more desktop wallpaper for you to stare at behind those dull Word documents and Excel spreadsheets :)

If you’re reading this in the RSS feed, my original blog post also includes a Google map showing where this photo was taken. Unfortunately I haven’t managed to get the map to appear yet in the RSS feed, so for now you’ll have to click through to my blog if you want to see the map. Sorry.

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