February 2014

Swansea Museum Exhibition – Under Milk Wood

Inspired Group Exhibition – Dylan Thomas

I will be exhibiting work with my fellow students in Cardiff Castle and Swansea Museum.  With the opening night scheduled for April 11th and an impending deadline for completed work by March 4th.  I have completed four pieces of work so far using inspiration from Dylan Thomas’s Under Milk Wood and have spent the last few days drawing and cutting out my version of Bessie Bighead and Mae Rose Cottage.  With only four down and six to go I am becoming anxious!  However, when a deadline appears I set to work and have finished Gwennie and Johnnie Cristo ‘kiss Gwennie where she says or give her a penny’!  Needless to say I am looking forward to the photography exhibition with my fellow Inspired students.

Sarah Barnes Photography Under Milk Wood

Sarah Barnes Photography Under Milk Wood

Inspiring Women in Photography

Inspired Women Photography 35+

sarah barnes photography portrait

Sarah Barnes photography portrait

Inspiring 35+ women by taking portraits of them is my main aim for a forthcoming project.  I was bored of seeing 22 year old models … looking gorgeous, don’t get me wrong, but equally uninspiring.  By a happy accident I was asked to take portraits of a friend who was transforming after a few years of re-adjusting following a painful divorce.  She wanted me to take some portraits of her new found confidence as she moved forward from her past.

Dodging rain and hail showers we sludged our way in wellies to Cefn Onn Park in Cardiff.  We spent the next two hours laughing and freezing in the intermittent rain and mud but the results of her inspired me to start a project.  I feel the success of a portrait is not purely down to the photographer … portraits are a collaboration of trust.  She trusted me and I her.  I realised quickly when I uploaded them how they were far more inspiring to me than the samey images 22-year olds I see everyday.  There on my screen was a woman 35+, a woman with a past, a woman with hopes and dreams, a woman with courage, a woman with many facets.  She epitomised the type of woman I would like to photograph and so the Inspired Women idea was born.  Watch this space!

Dylan Thomas Under Milk Wood

Dylan Thomas 2014 – Exhibition in Swansea and Cardiff

Dylan Thomas Exhibition –

I will be exhibiting work inspired by the words of Dylan Thomas for a forthcoming group exhibition in Cardiff Castle and Swansea Museum.  My work is inspired by Under Milk Wood and features paper cut outs of some of the main characters.

I have based the work on vintage dioramas to create a scene made out of paper.  All the characters were created and cut out by hand then placed within a UMW scene.  After listening to the play countless times, I wanted to make it as clear as I could who the characters were.  As the play is so well loved I felt I had to do it justice!  My first character was Polly Garter and her many children … and subsequent washing on the line!  I hope that all the Dylan Thomas fans who will see the ‘Circles of the Discovered Skies’ exhibition will recognise the characters easily.

We will be exhibiting in Swansea Museum from April 12th – June 15th 2014


In photography there are no shadows that cannot be illuminated.

August Sander