West of Nod
A photographic journey from the Welsh Borders to the sea
de John Rux-Burton
The Radnor Forest, Elan Valley and Plymlimon are the great Natural Park of Britain that never was. Even though Government has failed to recognise their importance, the area is one of the great jewels of the British Isles.
Soon after Leominster the rolling fields, the hop-poles and the cider orchards of Herefordshire give way to a new landscape. It is a place of heather and bracken, rock-filled streams, waterfalls, kites skating in the skies above, forgotten castles and mist tumbling down tree-cloaked hillsides.
This book traces an emotional journey through this land of wonder from Hergest Ridge to Caban Coch, from Hafod to the Irish Sea.
I have been taking photographs since I was about 9 or 10. My interest is in Landscape and Street Photography. In Landscape, I am most interested in the particular, rather than sweeping vistas. I am also deeply interested in the idea of landscape as colour, shape, pattern rather than a collection of Man-labelled objects. In Street Photography, I tend towards the ludic: people doing silly things, people caught off guard, people showing their character by accident, the mask slipping. I am not formally trained as a photographer. I read English at Lincoln College Oxford and took a special interest in writing on landscape and on aesthetics. So I had some ideas what I wanted to achieve with photography, but had to do a lot (I mean a lot) of practice to get the result... and I am still very much engaged in that search. I live in the Cotswolds, but travel very widely, which creates enormous opportunities. .