Photographer Glyn Davies, UK

Photographer Glyn Davies, UK

From a fine art family background of artists and artist-lecturers. I used to love drawing and painting and studied a fine art Foundation course before completing a 3 year Honours Degree in Photography Film & TV.

Thirty years as a full time pro photographer, following the four years education. I was trained in 5×4 and medium format. A specialist printer in wet darkroom days and a digital print perfectionist now. Have shot everything from underground power stations to aerial shoots for Tesco but since 2002 have concentrated on my own personal work, predominantly landscapes but since 2011 I’ve been working on a long term personal project about nude figures in landscape which has just resulted in a major exhibition of the work, entitled “Landscape Figures”.

I’ve published four books of my work now, two of which were bought by the British Prime Minister as a gift for the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton. The PM wrote to Glyn to say that “Prince William was delighted with the books”

I hope to publish a fifth book “Landscape Figures” in 2015. I have appeared frequently on TV and Radio and my work has been published widely. My first book is about to be launched as an e-book.

I have two e-commerce sites and my main page sells prints to customers and collectors worldwide. I still run my own gallery from where I sell most of my work but this new project is leading me to travel more widely. I have recently been signed up by Corbis who now represent my stock work exclusively.

Awards / Exhibitions / Accomplishments

  • 2015 International MONO Awards – All 9 entries given Honourable Mentions (Nudes)
  • 2014 Unlimited Grain ‘Contest Award’ – Winning entry
  • 2012 AOP Awards – 9 images shortlisted
  • 2012 AOP Open – 3 winning entries
  • 2012 Best Arts Business on Anglesey – Anglesey Tourism Awards
  • 2005 LPA International Awards : Silver in the “Landscape” Competition
  • 2002 IDEA – International Digital Exhibition & Awards
  • 2002 SUN (Shot up North Awards) – Three winning entries
  • 2001 SUN (Shot up North Awards) – Three winning entries
  • 2000 SUN (Shot up North Awards) – Two winning entries
  • 1990 Princes Youth Business Trust Award

‘Landscape Figures’ – by photographic artist, Glyn Davies BA (Hons)

A major new photographic exhibition by established landscape photographer Glyn Davies, comprising fifty one, immaculately crafted A1 edition prints, is now showing at the spacious Oriel Ynys Môn Gallery on Anglesey. This is Glyn Davies’ second exhibition at the venue & is quite a departure from his first, as for the first time we see Glyn introducing the naked form into his magnificent landscapes.

For Glyn the landscape has always been more important than photography itself but for over three years now he has spent much of his time on a project exploring fragility of the human form in wild landscape, but also the sensuous relationship of the human to that environment.

In his late twenties Glyn discovered for himself the freedom & liberation of being nude in the great outdoors, whilst sunbathing on naturist beaches and this greatly influenced his attitudes to nudity and his approach to this project.

“I found myself fascinated by the link between the stripped-bare naked form and the naturalness of the wind-formed sand – everything seemed ‘right’, understandable and connected. I started to place myself in many other landscapes whilst out and about shooting images for my gallery, and I realised that the simple exploration of nude figures within landscape was becoming a self-portrait project, but there was a growing intrigue to see if others would relate to my ideas”.

Glyn started to work with amateur volunteer models who were friends and members of the general public. The more images he produced, the easier it was to find new volunteers, inspired as they were by what they could see as a growing and intriguing project, and a project in which they would leave their own comfort zones.

In most cases Glyn has hidden the models faces, as he did not want the images to become ‘portraits’ of actual people, but simply studies of figures in situ responding to location and the weather.

“Although the nude is vital to the project and integral within the images, the images are not just ‘nudes’ – they are landscapes and stories. In a way they are just simple, beautiful, dreamlike visual questions”.

If we could scrap man’s stupidity on this planet, and start over, with the earth, plants and trees & unadorned humans revelling in pure enjoyment of the world about them, then this project is a visual depiction of that new beginning.

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  1. Ronald Johnson

    My wife, a graphic designer would bring me back down to earth & reality by a quote from Robert Hughes (in “Time” magazine.) “The greater the artist, the greater the doubt; perfect confidence is granted to the less talented as a consolation prize.”

    I won’t bore you with my profile.

    Ron J

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