Visible Invisible

Visible Invisible is on the surface a voyage into the latent energy of the Welsh night.
Stuck somewhere between abstract and landscape, it is an attempt to harness that which doesn’t exist, to capture something from nothing, to reveal something new for the first time.
It is also a journey into my roots, a vessel to negate my solitude tendencies, and an antidote to my melancholia.
Visible Invisible is work in progress.

AW13 Peter Pilotto

MAC’s lead makeup artist Lucia Pica and hair by Anthony Turner for L’Oréal Professionnel.

Fresh Faces

Jean Pierre Braganza
Jean Pierre Braganza

Born China, Bone China

Very very happy that one of Echo Morgan and my collaborations has been selected as the poster image for the Parallax Art Fair.

Bridgend County

Bridgend County is an ongoing personal project.

On March 7th 1972 Gaynor Anne Baker, a Swansea jack, gave birth to me, her second Son, James Roland Baker, at home: 17 Moreland Road, Bridgend, Wales. My father, James Leonard Baker, a Cardiff lad, brought up in the school of hard knocks, was an engineer and metallurgist working in the steel mill at Port Talbot.
Before my second birthday we moved away from Wales with my fathers work but a love affair with my homeland has never been diminished. Rugby aged seven, Joes ice cream, crazy aunts and frequent visits to a large Welsh family (mostly based in Swansea) were my roots.
Perhaps it was strange then to find myself returning to Bridgend for the first time on the 29th June 2012 at Forty years old. And even stranger still to find myself, in tears, writing a thank you letter to a young woman whoem I had never met. She had taken her own life in 2007.

‘… I know little about you, very little,
and yet you brought me to this place with hope.
I am part of your story, your journey, as you are mine.
I can’t bring any sense or meaning to what happened.
It’s strange to write to the dead, I don’t believe in God.
But here I am thinking of you, you whoem I don’t know,
and will never know.
Is it fantasy to say I came here for a reason?
Will I do justice to your memory?
Will I be able to help?
You have given me leads, your guidance is noted.
A course of action is beginning to emerge,
Thank you.’

I traced the steps of many young people that day and the next. I wrote when I could. They guided me from the power of the sea crashing home in Porthcawl, through the dimly lit hope surrounding the estates of Cefn Glass, and up into the engine of an empire, history spitting beauty as mottled light washed through the Valleys. Measteg, Cymmer, Blaengwynfi, Nant-y-moel, Bettws, Pontycymer, Blaengarw all whispered uneasy.

‘Oh what will you give me
Say the sad bells of Rhymney
Is there hope for the future,
Cry the bells of Merthyr
Who made the mine owner
Say the black bells of Rhondda
And robbed the miner
Cry the grim bells of Blaina’
Idris Davies
An extract from Bells of Rhymney from his 1938 Gwalia Deserta (meaning literally “Wasteland of Wales”)

Observer Ethical Awards

I shot this portrait of model Rebecca Pearson in December as the campaign image for the Observer Ethical Awards which launched this month.

Balls of Steel

New Portraits

Julie Walters
Julie Walters

Warrior Exhibition

Warrior 勇士

My portraits of multi media fine artist Echo Morgan may be considered as photographic interventions which occur before, during or after her Live – or Performance – Art.

Using body, voice and gesture she invites the viewer to “visit my dark childhood memory, to witness the loss of my first marriage and share my curiosity as a cross-cultured young Chinese woman.”

Sometimes Echo’s words are scripted and my lighting and method carefully considered and, on occasion, we both explore improvisation within the constructed event.

To view the full selection of works to date please click on the ‘Performative Body’ link under Personal work on my main website.