Newport Comic Con

THOUSANDS of people descended on Newport Leisure Centre for the return of the popular GeekedFest festival for the weekend, bringing celebrities and ‘cosplayers’ from across the UK to the city.

The portraits were taken whilst on assignment for the South Wales Argus. The organisers allowed me to set up a small studio on the balcony area where I was able to use a large black back drop as a plain background and the cos players were lit with a single Godox ringflash.

Many thanks to all who allowed me time to photograph them.

Rhodri Morgan (1939-2017)

I travelled to the west Wales coast near Cardigan to photograph Rhodri Morgan for a feature. It was where he had his holiday caravan. We shared a mackerel supper outside on the decking as the sun was setting, he was a charming and hospitable host and was always amenable to my photographic suggestions. RIP


Mari Lwyd, Chepstow.

The Mari-Lwyd is a Welsh winter first footing tradition, which dates back many centuries. The Mari is a decorated, shrouded horse skull which is carried from house to house or pub by the Mari Lwyd group. The performers attempt to gain entry for food and drink through song, rhyme and riddles. This is called “the Pwnco” which is a rhyme/song battle between the Mari group and the inhabitants of the house/pub.  After some singing, daft capers and banter between the inhabitants and the Mari group the Mari group are eventually allowed inside to partake of small food and drink.  Usually singing and rowdy banter ensues after which the Mari group bless the house and it’s inhabitants (thlwncdestyn) wish all a happy New Year and move on to the next port of call.