Final Year Show – Laura Morris
23rd May - 29th May 2014
Oriel Colwyn proudly presents the second of three, final year shows from Coleg Llandrillo HND photography students.
Each exhibition will last for one week and showcase current emerging photographers.
Laura Morris was born and has lived within the beautiful landscapes of North Wales most of her life where she has brought up her family. For her there is nothing better than putting on a pair of boots and going walking in the mountains, exploring the landscape and getting to know the diverse range of characters who inhabit it.
The people that populate the region come from within the farming community where much of her inspiration has emerged. The effort of farmers who work the land and continue the practices passed on from generation to generation is particularly important to Laura. It is the symbiosis of survival and preservation, inextricably linked to farming that motivates much of the creative endeavour and the documentary approach to Rural Life.
This being the source of her creative thinking and the reason behind the documenting of rural life.
The photographer James Ravilious, who documented rural life in North Devon, has inspired Laura, to achieve the work she has done in North Wales.
"One of the great artistic and documentary achievements of photography in the 20th century”. (The Independent). As James Ravilious picture’s show, a special landscape with an elegant beauty of their own.
This exhibition will take you on a journey across the natural landscapes of North Wales, over mountains, through beautiful villages and to remote farms and it’s people. Many of these images were taken at local farmers markets and auctions, which clearly are a social event as well as a vital part of farming life. Whilst at these markets it has provided Laura the opportunity to take candid shots, producing natural non-posed portraiture and capturing life as it happens. The images portray a hard but rewarding way of life in a small pocket of North Wales.
They were created with the use of two different mediums, digital and black and white 35 mm film.