Aled Rhys Hughes Land of my fathers, open every weekend until 15th May 2016.  2pm – 6pm

THE land and seascapes of south Wales is a visual thread running through acclaimed photographer Aled Rhys Hughes’s exhibition Gwlad fy nhadau (Welsh for “Land of My Fathers”).

“I’ve always been intrigued by the shape, form and history of the landscape of my home,” says the Welshman. “The photographs in the exhibition are a selection from the work that I’ve done in the last 12 years. They are a reminder of the spirit of the places that I have photographed.”

Aled, who has worked in the field of photography for over 25 years, shot every image in the exhibition with a large format film camera.

He says he remains drawn to the sea—a fascination inspired by Welsh poet R.S. Thomas’s poem Fishing (“The sea starts where the land ends; its surface is all flowers”)—and has recently begun photographing the sea at night.

The exhibition also includes photographs from Aled’s work in the Mametz wood in the Somme, northern France, which will be the centre of the Welsh centenary commemorations for the First World War, to be held later this year.

Aled’s work has been displayed in group shows and individual exhibitions since 1984, at venues in Wales including the National Library of Wales, MOMA Cymru, Wales Millennium Centre, Mission Gallery Swansea (2010), St David’s Hall Cardiff (2011), National Assembly in Cardiff, (2014) and in various galleries across Europe.

At the prestigious National Eisteddfod he has been awarded the Gold Medal for Fine Art in 2006 (purchased by Glynn Vivian Gallery through a CASW award) and the People’s Choice Award in 2008.

Gwlad fy nhadau is his first solo exhibition in Asia. It is also the 12th exhibition at The Print Room since it began showcasing film photography in 2012.

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