Our next submission comes from John Wellings (1980) from Swansea, Wales. He graduated recently from the from the University of Wales, Newport where he studied a degree in Documentary Photography. Last month his work was a part of the Grwpexhibition at SW1 Gallery in London.
Wellings started photography when he was a teenager. Like many others it began with taking photo’s of skateboarding and slowly progressed from there. Wellings:
There must be something that stems from being overawed with the built environment and being out among life that eventually leads to being more curious about the world in general.
Early on it was Glen Freidman who inspired him to pick up a camera. Other base points of influence are Stephen Shore, Robert Frank and Alec Soth.
His series Even the Mountains are Shells relates to boundaries and human/land interactions. The area the project is based in (Snowdonia, Wales) has a long and varied history of reliance on both sides, differing interventions have made it so that one can no longer exist in its current forms without each other.
In some way it was part of my own discovery of the country where I was born and raised, plus a sense of wanderlust and being around such an awe inspiring landscape, then applying a view different to the often romantic depiction of such places is what drew me to the project in the first instance.
Below are photographs from several of his series.
Photographs copyright John Wellings. copypasteculture.