Notes on PEELING PAINT AT LLETYSYNOD, Ceredigion 2003

The farmhouse, Llewtysynod, this was taken in still stands empty but the slate has been removed from the roof and all the wooden panelling, although rotten, has been stripped from the inside. Recently a chimney has also collapsed. As little as 3 years ago the house seemed salvageable but no longer. What a shame. This was taken upstairs and before the slates were removed. It was incredibly dark and I don’t think I would have been able to capture the tactile-ness of the paintwork if I hadn’t been able to open a tiny door (about two foot high) which lead to a small attic. By opening this door just a jar I could direct some light so it skimmed the surface of the wall the paint was on. It was fortunate, other wise I would have not been able to take the picture. A long exposure of around 16minutes was required and an 90mm lens at F22. Influenced by the work of Aaron Siskind.

Notes on LLETYSYNOD, New Row, Ceredigion 2010

For the twenty odd years I have been driving past this house I have always expected to see piles of building material ready for the consolidation, the repair, the decoration and the modernisation to commence. It has never happened. Instead I have seen the slates from the roof removed, a gable end and chimney collapse, all the inner panelling removed and the floors rot and fall in. It breaks your heart.

One of my favourite abstract photographs was taken upstairs on the landing in this house in 2003 and all subsequent visits I have sought out this wall even if I know that the wall has gone. It’s an odd thing being sentimental over an inner wooden wall but sentimental is what I feel!

Anyone who drives from Abermagwr to Pontrhydygroes knows this house, as it stands over looking the road with a long line of outbuildings – commonly enough in a far better state of repair than the house itself. I know not whom occupied the house last and if it played a part in the Trisant mines or has been solely an agricultural property but either way it will be a great loss if it crumbles, perhaps inevitability, back into the ground.
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CWMNEWYDION-CANOL, (outbuilding?  Longhouse?), Ceredigion 2010

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