Spirit of Wales captured in St David’s Day photographic exhibition

28 February 2017

People who use our services at a photography workshopPoliticians will join disabled adults from a Carmarthen care home and supported living service to celebrate St David’s Day by enjoying a ‘Spirit of Wales’ photography exhibition tomorrow.

The Leonard Cheshire Disability run care services Ty Cwm and Johnstown supported living will unveil photographs of Welsh rural landscape taken by disabled adults who use the services, as well as photography of botanic gardens.

The chairman and consort of Carmarthenshire County Council, Councillor Eryl & Mrs Jean Morgan, Cllr. Alan D T Speake, Cllr. Gwyneth Thomas and Cllr. Sue Allen are all due to attend.

The councillors will find out more about how disabled people in their area have been engaging with rural Wales and learning photography skills.

Part of a Big Lottery funded project, this exhibition is designed to capture the ‘Spirit of Wales’, as well giving disabled people at the two Leonard Cheshire run services the chance to have their work professionally developed and displayed.

Held at community centre Cartref Cynnes, the event will run from 10am until 2pm and will be open to the public, with the photographs officially revealed at 11.30am.

The photographs are taken by 10 residents from Leonard Cheshire Ty Cwm and Johnstown supported living and follow a workshop held at the National Botanic Garden of Wales last month, with professional photographer Drew Buckley guiding the participants.

Drew said:

‘I had an extremely enjoyable and rewarding day with the residents.

‘It was great to see their enthusiasm and also the amazement at the flora and fauna on show.

‘It was also great to witness their desire to capture everything and anything with their cameras, truly refreshing to see and everyone; some aided by their carer, managed to produce some memorable images from the day.’

Of the 10 individuals who participated there were many novices, but keen photographer Owen Savage, who lives at Ty Cwm, produced a total of 12 photographs which will be displayed.

His work sits alongside photos by Ralph Mortimer, a former professional photographer.

Ralph contracted multiple sclerosis in 1985 and has been supported by Leonard Cheshire Disability in supported living since 2010.

He maintained a life as a professional photographer up until 1990, traveling the world but eventually was unable to continue due to ill health.

Ralph, now in the later stages of MS, has not been involved with photography for 27 years.

This workshop has meant Ralph’s disability has not been a barrier and he has been able achieve something that he had previously thought would be impossible.

Tomorrow Ralph will not only exhibit images from the workshop but he has also chosen this opportunity to display past photography as well.

Some residents have also chosen to sell their photos today, so if visitors are interested in buying any please notify any member of staff on the day.

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