How much difference does a day make, or a year? For most families, the smallest amount of time makes a world of difference. Reflecting on his own experience as a parent, Huw Davies is all too aware of the changes involved, and how rapidly the family unit evolves from one stage to the next. Parenthood is an exceptional experience, and although each experience is unique, for many, it can change their whole perspective on life, taking them in completely new, and often, unforeseen directions.
Inspired by ‘Fear and hoping’, one of the artists’ early photographic documentary series, which focuses on seven different family units, based on the concept of the ‘Nuclear Family’, Davies has decided to revisit each family and produce a new series of conceptual portraits that explore the dynamics within their current lifestyle, and hopefully capture how much things have changed, seven years on from the original portraits.
Born and raised in West Wales, photographer Huw Davies gained his BA in West Wales School of the Arts, later receiving his Masters Degree in Documentary photography at Newport University of Wales. His work has been printed in a number of publications, and has exhibited in a variation of group exhibitions around the UK and Europe. He currently works as a Documentary photographer, and exhibiting artist, while continuing to document his home village in his ongoing project, Tumble, based on the sense of place and cultural identity of a Welsh rural community, which was recently included as part of the ‘Valley Re: Presented’ exhibition in the ‘Diffusion’ Festival.
Preview Friday 15th November 7-9pm
Exhibition continues until 7th December
Elysium Gallery, 16 College Street, Swansea, SA1 5BH
Gallery open Weds – Sat, 12 – 5pm