Nell’s House

Ceri Vale Nell’s House Click to view full sizeThis beautiful abandoned property once stood on the old Raglan to Monmouth road. Furniture and a small assortment of possessions – slippers, some christmas cards, a radio and clock – were all that remained of Nell, or Nelly, the house occupant.   SHARE THIS? Share on facebook Share […]

Treforest Tin Works

Ceri Vale Treforest Tin Works The Treforest Tinplate Works was established in the late eighteenth century, but the surviving works dates from its rebuilding in 1834-5 by William Crawshay II of the Cyfarthfa Iron Co, although it was managed by his son Francis Crawshay. It coincided with the beginning of the accelerated growth of the […]

Grandad’s House

Ceri Vale Grandad’s House Few places have affected me more than this tiny, beautiful time capsule, nestling in its own coccoon of trees close to the Wales/England border.  To provide a little history, Mr E (initial changed) lived at the house until he passed away in 2010 at the age of 94. His wife Mrs […]

The Train Yard

Ceri Vale The Train Yard Built as a part of the Coleford, Monmouth, Usk & Pontypool Railway, which was opened on 02 June 1856 and closed on 30 May 1955A beautiful relic that offers a tiny glimpse into the age of steam.  It still retains the aromas of coal and oil. Click to view full […]

Metamorphosis

Ceri Vale Metamorphosis Please do leave a comment at the bottom of this page, let us know what you think There’s a real sense of privilege to be commissioned to photograph someone, be it their first time in front of camera, or their first shoot in many years.  So it was with Shauna.  After meeting […]

Off The Beaten Track

Ceri Vale Off The Beaten Track Jodie and I had already established a fruitful creative relationship before this day in January 2020, but this lifted things to another level. The first half of the day was spent shooting portraits (it’s difficult to take a bad portrait of JT), the second was an edgy free for […]

The Warriors

Ceri Vale The Warriors Back in 2016, I jumped at the chance to work with extraordinary costume creator John Davis, also known as The Wizard of Foaminess (check out his facebook profile HERE).  Partnered by my regular model, TJ, we set out to a local quarry to create something worthy of these amazing costumes. Please do […]

The Barn

Ceri Vale The Barn It was a damp Sunday afternoon in January, mist and drizzle clinging to the hills.  TJ and I had already lucked out at our first location (the developers had moved in – another shoot place gone) and we were heading for the second when we spotted the barn.  Nothing shouts “disused” […]

Deterioration of a Broken Mind

Ceri Vale Deterioration of a Broken Mind Laugh, and the world laughs with you; Weep, and you weep alone;For the sad old earth must borrow its mirth, But has trouble enough of its own.Sing, and the hills will answer; Sigh, it is lost on the air;The echoes bound to a joyful sound, But shrink from voicing care. (Solitude by […]

The Lake and the Hanging Tree

Ceri Vale The Lake and the Hanging Tree A photograph can be your greatest ally or your worst enemy. It captures one moment in time and offers no context, no explanation and no excuses. Lighting, angles and poses can so seldom deliver the truth in a final image and in this age of filters and […]