But That's Not How I See It
This project is an exploration into my family background and the relationship I have with the South Wales Valleys.
I have grown up over the past twenty-one years with a strong connection to a place in which I have never lived. For me, the Rhondda is home. Three generations before me have been born within these tight-knit communities. Local industries provided their employment before the unfortunate closure of the mines and factories. My parents were the first to go off to university and begin a life outside the valleys, meaning that I was brought up in a very different environment.
Through photographing both sides of the family over a number of months, alongside work with archive material and various interviews, I have begun to form the beginnings of a much larger conversation, centred on this strange but intriguing landscape. Although I find myself almost like a foreigner in this place, I feel more at home there than anywhere else in the world.
My work is a cathartic investigation into the notion of home; its connection to specific place, the history embedded within it and the way in which we find ourselves moulding to our communities and environments.