Jeremy Moore Exhibition

Welsh Books Council

Jeremy Moore Exhibition - 21 September 2008

Jeremy Moore - Blaenau: Between Earth and Heaven

20 September - 22 November 2008

Blaenau Ffestiniog is one of the most extraordinary places in Britain - a town truly built on slate. For two centuries and more slate has been extracted from the mountains around Blaenau to roof the houses of the world. Massive waste tips dominate the town; industrial buildings, machinery, and materials have been abandoned to decay where they stand, and all within the grandeur of the north Wales landscape.

When the boundaries of the Snowdonia National Park were drawn, a small area with Blaenau at its core was excluded. Jeremy Moore explored this tiny enclave in 2006 and sets human activities there within a rugged and sublime landscape. The photographs inhabit the meeting point of the documentary and landscape traditions, conveying the human presence in a meaningful sense.

While it might be hoped that some aspects of the area will never change, the documentary nature of the photographs is already proving its value. Unique buildings have been demolished since 2006, and a major road building scheme just north of the town has changed that area forever.

The photographs are accompanied by the poems of Professor Gwyn Thomas, recently National Poet of Wales. All are included in the book  Blaenau Ffestiniog.

Aberystwyth based Jeremy Moore is one of Wales’ foremost landscape photographers. His previous exhibitions include Glyndwr’s Place (2004), Heart of the Country (2003-04) and After the Wildwood (1990-92).

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