Route A47zero - Glenn Edwards
Location: ‘Twenty-Two’ Station Road
Open: Monday 7th October - Sunday 20th October // Time: 10am-4pm
At 185 miles (300km) and running from Cardiff in the south to Llandudno in the north, the A470 is the longest road in Wales and an important link through the country. With Route A47zero, Cardiff-based photojournalist Glenn Edwards captures the life that exists on and around it.
Fresh from showcasing at the Lorient Celtic Festival in Brittany this August, (where it saw a record number of over 6100 people visiting!) we are pleased to bring Route A47zero to this year’s Northern Eye.
Glenn has spent much of his career travelling the globe taking photos. He said: "I spend so much time abroad, particularly in Africa, that I wanted to do a project on Wales for once. The A470 runs right through its very heart so I decided to spend a few years driving up and down, capturing the scenery and documenting its usage, but also meeting the people who live off it.”
Glenn would take shots as he came across them on his travels, but sometimes he would make a point of driving to specific events signposted off the road. He would also often stumble across peculiar sites just off the edge of the road, sights that reaffirmed to him what a beautiful country Wales is - not just in terms of its landscape but also its people and characters. "People often the criticise the A470 because you can get stuck behind farmers and sheep trucks, but to me, this makes you just slow down and appreciate it all the more.
Glenn Edwards is a photojournalist based in Cardiff with clients throughout the UK and beyond and is a former UK Press Photographer of the Year and is founder and Director of our sister festival, Aberystwyth’s The Eye International Photography Festival
He has worked on over 100 foreign commissions, 80 plus in 18 African countries for clients including The Independent, Oxfam, Computer Aid, Concern Universal, The World Food Programme etc. Other countries worked in are Chile, Ecuador, India, Albania and Bosnia
He continues to work as a freelance photographer for a wide range of clients including South Wales Police, The Millennium Centre, Fair Trade Wales, The Thomson Foundation, Linc Cymru, etc as well as continuing to work on foreign assignments
Glenn is a part time lecturer on Photography at South Wales University and has led photography workshops for The Thomson Foundation in The Maldives, Nigeria, Malawi and Gambia.