Pho­tog­ra­pher re­vis­its road trip in pic­tures

Glamorgan Gazette - - Your Views - THOMAS DEA­CON thomas.dea­con@waleson­line.co.uk

WHEN Dan Wood was a young boy he would travel along part of the Bwlch Moun­tain Pass with his mum to visit rel­a­tives.

Sit­ting in the front seat of the red car, it was Dan’s “first taste of a road trip” and one that he re­calls vividly. Now, more than 35 years later, Dan has cap­tured a se­ries of pho­to­graphs that de­pict the area.

Dan said he can “re­call al­most ev­ery inch of the jour­ney” he made as a child with his mother Gail along the moun­tain pass which con­nects the Rhondda Val­ley and Brid­gend. He said: “I’d sit in the front seat of my mother’s lit­tle red car ut­terly ab­sorbed and fas­ci­nated, look­ing out of the win­dow at the forests, ter­raced houses and fall­ing rock signs.”

Now 43, Dan said he makes the jour­ney these days with his young daugh­ter to visit rel­a­tives who still live in the area.

Re­call­ing the jour­ney when he was younger, Dan said: “The jour­ney seemed to take for­ever, but in re­al­life time we were only ever around 30 min­utes from home.”

The name of the project comes from the Bwlchy-Clawdd (Gap in the Hedge) 450m-long moun­tain pass be­tween the two towns. The pass was built in 1928 and of­fered a life­line to iso­lated val­ley com­mu­ni­ties.

Dan said the process of the project was of­ten “bit­ter­sweet”.

He said: “I def­i­nitely feel nos­tal­gic look­ing at the images, and I’m sat­is­fied that I did the place jus­tice.

“I didn’t want it to look grim, but I didn’t want to take it out of con­text. I wanted it to be as hon­est as pos­si­ble.”

An ex­hi­bi­tion of the project, en­ti­tled Gap in the Hedge, will run from Septem­ber 6-15 at the Work­ers’ Gallery in Ynyshir. A book fea­tur­ing the work, pub­lished by Another Place Press, can be pur­chased on­line.

DAN WOOD

Me­gan, the Bwlch Ma­rina, Nan­ty­moel Tony, Cwm­parc Nan­ty­moel Derek and Qualvero, Cwm­parc Cwm­parc, as part of the Gap in the Hedge project by Dan Wood Nan­ty­moel Rudi and Measles, the Bwlch

Brid­gend pho­tog­ra­pher Dan Wood

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