Woodworks - Tim Williams
Location: ‘Twenty-Two’ Station Road
Open: Monday 7th October - Sunday 20th October // Time: 10am-4pm
“A few years ago, I moved to Clynnog Fawr. It sits on the shoulder of the Llŷn Peninsula centred between Caernarfon and Pwllheli. Here, there is very little distance between the coastline and the surrounding mountains. Walking the dog is a choice of beach or hills. If I am the companion, the beach is a rarity.
Clynnog Fawr is well known for its 7thC monastic church and is a significant marker for the pilgrims who still journey to Bardsey Island. St Beuno’s Well offers its healing water and Neolithic standing stones at Bachwen are a reminder of primitive communities.
An ancient woodland sits in a steep valley between Clynnog Fawr and Gyrn Goch. At its highest contour, a wonderful hidden waterfall tumbles into its canopy. This is a walk I love. I always choose to climb the bare hill first, before entering the woodland for descent.
It was never my intention to make this a subject to photograph. I have no real passion for the taxonomy of flora and fauna. However, as the dog traversed the wooded hillside in frantic discovery, I began to make casual photographs of the trees that surrounded me. The results revealed a puzzle that needed to be untangled; I was hooked, and for the first time in my life, an ill-founded optimism for opportunity was finally ratified; there were pictures everywhere. This was not the democracy of William Eggleston’s lore, but rather, a transcendental arena where the space around me revealed the perfect opportunity to be as excitable as a dog.”