A passion of mine was ignited when I worked in an Opticians in my twenties. I was lucky enough to work with someone who could only be described as eccentric and never failed to be a source of intrigue and entertainment. Kelt Perrigo was by trade a Contact Lens Specialist but had a real passion for photography.
In days gone, the 9-5 routine got in the way of going out with a camera, these days I’m significantly limited in the distance I can walk. However, I feel quite lucky that I live in such a wonderful corner of the world. From my home, I have a few minutes commute to some of the most idyllic and breath-taking scenery around Gower and pushing slightly further afield I have some beautiful areas to walk around. Recently the weather has been enjoyable, which means not only is it good to get about but also, it’s a little less painful to walk around. Although I dose up on painkillers before I head out, I’m usually in dire need of a top up and a lay down once I return home. Getting engaged in local areas of beauty also tends to limit the impact of depression, even as a certified miserable bugger I can’t help but get a little cheery when I surround myself with beauty.
Camera wise, nothing special, a Samsung ST72 with a resolution of 16 Mega Pixels and a x5 Optical Zoom. I would love to get a swanky D-SLR but being restricted by funds, it will have to remain on the Wishlist for a while yet. I’m also quite taken with the camera on my mobile phone (Samsung A71), its got a load of bells and whistles but I prefer holding a camera and it has the advantage that while I’m in a “Mindful State of Flow” no one can phone or text me on a traditional camera and spoil the whole experience.
My first port of call last week was the Penllergaer (pronounced Pen-thler-ger) Valley Woods. This is a beautiful densely wooded area of Swansea, just off Junction 48 of the M4. Its home to an abundance of woodland flora and fauna and has a beautiful waterfall. The area has a load of different walking routes and is staffed and maintained by volunteers. If you’re in the area, I’d recommend popping along and supporting their efforts.
The next is Fendrod Lake. This 13-acre area is slap bang in the middle of Swansea’s Enterprise Zone, it’s a favourite for fishing and well known for catching carp, I don’t have the patience for fishing, as relaxing as it may be, I don’t have it in me to sit in one spot all day without getting into some kind of trouble.
I hope you enjoy the photos. I guarantee there’ll be more as a side feature as this project unfurls.