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Tom Woods -  Father and Sunset, 2000

 

Tom Wood, who lives in North Wales, has established an international reputation as a photographer of people. This touring exhibition, however, concentrates on his landscape photography, which until recently was relatively unknow

Adopting an open and expansive approach to the genre of landscape, Tom Wood - Landscapes, curated by Mark Durden, presents, for the first time, a selection Wood s extensive and varied pictures made in response to the West of Ireland, Merseyside and North Wales.

The photographs made in the West of Ireland, County Mayo, show the wild and remote landscape of the artist s birthplace and childhood. They will be shown alongside fragile fragments of surviving family photographs, family videos and affectionate portraits of day-to-day life within a rural community.

Woods lived and worked in Merseyside for 25 years, so these landscapes address a more urban environment and are very much concerned with the relationships and attachments that people have with places.

In 2003 Wood moved to the Vale of Clwyd in North Wales. He uses a panoramic format camera, which allows him to create expansive and detailed views of natural phenomena and are integral to hiss primary concern with the value of the photograph as a picture rather than a document.

The exhibition runs from 24 January - 28 February 2015 at Aberystwyth Arts Centre You can read our review of this show when it was at Ffotogallery's Turner House Gallery here

Artist s Talk: Thursday 5 February, 6pm, Cinema. Free, all welcome.

Family Archive Project: Thursday 5 February 1-4pm; Saturday 14 February 1-3pm; Sat 21 February 10am-12noon. Free, but booking essential on 01970 622888.

Bring your treasured family photographs along to the Family Archive Workshops and make history with a photo book of your favourite moments and memories. Create a valuable keepsake of your own or commemorate a significant birthday or anniversary using digital production techniques and online, self-publishing facilities.

Produced by MOSTYN in partnership with Ffotogallery and Aberystwyth Arts Centre, funded by the Arts Council of Wales.

Image: Tom Woods -Father and Sunset, 2000