Tom Learmonth: Photographs 2012-17


I took my first photographs at the age of 10 of Criccieth Castle. I was using a rollfilm bellows camera given to me in anticipation of taking the 11 plus, my egalitarian parents rejecting the awarding of presents for passing the exam. I have never stopped taking pictures since then.
I carried on the passion for photography and was delighted to get a place on the first degree level course in Photographic Arts in the UK, at the Polytechnic of Central London. This pioneering course covered the many applications of photography as both an art in its own right and as a communication medium for social issues. I settled in East London, and my final year project was a documentation of a council estate there. When I graduated I started working with projects in the East End, and became a community photographer and teacher as well as freelancing as a photojournalist.
I made several visits to the Indian subcontinent, particularly Bangladesh and Nepal, working with charities such as War on Want and Christian Aid resulting in publications and touring exhibitions. In the late 1980’s and with two small children we moved to Carmarthenshire, and I set up a photographic holiday business. I had never stopped photographing the landscape, but the move to Wales brought this side of my work into focus, as it were!
I have carried on the interest in the landscape, and particularly in semi abstract explorations of the forms and colours to be found within the land and seashore. I still also love to travel as often as possible and to places far as well as near. For a large part of the last year I have been living in Milford Haven and the different landscape, particularly in relation to industry past and present, has been interesting me.
Tom Learmonth

Start: 3rd April 2017
End: 29th April 2017