Griffith John

It’s St. David’s day…for a few more hours anyway, and one Welsh man has been of interest to me a fair bit lately. With the outbreak of Coronavirus forcing Wuhan, China into 24 hour news coverage, a connection between there and closer to home has been in my mind. Wuhan and Swansea have a well known connection through one man in particular – Griffith John. A remarkable Christian preacher who in 1855, having been ordained at Ebenezer Chapel in Swansea, ventured to China in aim of spreading the Christian message through his services to the London Missionary Society. His 55…

2019 over and out

It’s that reflective time again – New Year’s Eve tomorrow, caught between the long sigh of the end of another year and the deep intake of breath before the next. For a number of reasons I feel more anxious this time. It’s the beginning of a new decade after all and edging towards our first year back here in Birmingham. And this previous decade has, as it will have for everyone, brought umpteen highlights, challenges and turning points that have shaped my present; the most precious highlight – the birth of my second son, the greatest challenge – juggling a…

Six months in

Marking six months since leaving London, I’m catching up with myself and reflecting on photographic activity to date. I’ve been involved in two very different exhibitions so far at Argentea Gallery; Gwen Wilkinson’s cyanotypes and currently colour photographs of Uyghur Muslim shrines in Western China by Lisa Ross. It’s been very enjoyable to assist the hang and marketing for both these shows. Carving out the future programme for 2020 is equally rewarding, meeting with photographers and reviewing their work. Exciting imagery lies ahead here. I’ve loved having several days exploring my personal photography project, walking miles within Sutton Park to…

Back to Birmingham

First few months Since moving back home to Birmingham there’s been plenty of photography to engage with in the city and beyond. Exhibitions at the Mac, Photo Miners in Coventry, the Blast! Festival of Photography in Sandwell and degree shows across the Midlands have all proven really inspiring. I’ve taken up a part-time role with the contemporary photography dedicated Argentea Gallery and am working with it’s owner Jennie Anderson to help build the future programme and events. I’m additionally excited to be meeting with so many talented photographers and artists working in the region and forming a few further plans…