Photernative is an alternative photography group formed by Chris Bird, Ben du Ross and a group of like minded individuals in 2010 on the North Wales coast. Their aim was to find people who, like themselves, take photographs differently…
Many skills and techniques are represented, from classic photographic processes, printing images on fabrics/metals, moving image or presenting work in a unconventional way.
With such a wide range of contributors in the collective, each exhibition has delivered differently in line up and impact, with an overriding passion to be different shining through.
I exhibited some brand new pieces of work from a new series called Bodlondeb (meaning contentment) the photography was actually photographed some years ago and shelved. I have been waiting for the right moment or the right kick up the bum to finally bring them to public view. The work is very much rooted in the narrative and nostalgia of my Nain's (grandma in Welsh) and what happens to all these objects and material we collect over the decades when we are gone. It's a personal and open perspective on this matter of collecting, documenting, giving meaningless objects value and our relationship in capturing these memories.
I have many short films that co-inside with these project from my student days but I am unsure to explore that path just yet or keep it buried. I will be for sure continuing my exploration with the photographs I took.
The exhibition is on till the end of the month, above Theatre Colwyn in Colwyn Bay