MB Photography | Projects


The work here represents some of my completed and ongoing personal projects. If you have any questions about the images here, or are interested in publishing or exhibiting any of the work on this website please contact me directly. Although many of these images are not for sale in the gallery they may be available on request.

Moel Penderyn

Moel Penderyn

I strongly believe that only when I am truly familiar with a location can I hope to produce images that are more than just skin deep. These images represent a selection from my walks around the nearby hill of Moel Penderyn - an ongoing process which I hope will result in a representative set of images of this part of the Brecon Beacons.

Ephemeral Pools

Ephemeral Pools

Most people’s perception of the landscape is one of permanence; views which change little over time, reinforced by the fact that so many of them are returned to and photographed again and again. At first glance the landscape around us is fairly static, but the more you look the more changes you notice. It is this continual change in the landscape that I am drawn to - whether man made or natur

Coins Not Accepted Here

Coins Not Accepted Here

The humble, traditionally red, telephone box has been a part of our landscape for just over 80 years now, and yet its days are perhaps numbered. In the last year BT, who owns most of the public payphones in the UK, have put forward plans to decommission a vast number of them. In Wales alone the plans are for 1500 boxes to be removed – almost half of all the payphones in Wales.

It is t

Maen Llia 2015

Maen Llia 2015

Maen Llia is a large, roughly hexagonal lump of old red sandstone which sits on moorland at the top of the valley between Fan Llia and Fan Nedd, near the source of the river Llia in the Brecon Beacons National Park. It is just a few miles from my house (or perhaps I should say "a stone's throw"!) and a location which I have visited many times over the past 15 years. Like many

Dancing Trees

Dancing Trees

An ongoing study of woodland and individual trees (captured in infrared) that take on more human forms and appear to be dancing - alone, or with one another. The more I look at these images of trees the more I seem to see in them.

This interpretation is very personal and I appreciate that you may not see them the same way, but I hope you can enjoy the images on some level.

Gower Seascapes

Gower Seascapes

Originally taking inspiration from Rob Carter's Travelling Still series of images, these Gower Seascapes utilise camera movement to blur the image whilst retaining enough detail to recognise the subject matter. Combining abstract simplicity with the natural beauty of the South Wales Gower coastline. 

I have adopted a very low-tech approach to producing these images, using intentional c

Travels in a Strange Land

Travels in a Strange Land

I have visited a strange and beautiful place, a land containing creatures and locations that are fantastical but somehow familiar. A negative world. A landscape unknown. So close, but as yet undiscovered.

While some people may think that most of their local landscapes have been discovered and photographed ad-nauseum, I have sought out the landscapes of my imagination. However, these are

From the Edge of Darkness

From the Edge of Darkness

Are you looking into the depths of the forest, or trapped inside the woods looking out? I like the way negatives play with our perception of location and transform the dark interior of a forestry plantation into a ghostly but sometimes enticing light. But even once you know that these images are negative your mind is telling you that the view is normal, and in many of these images the manipulat

Survivors of Carnau Gwynion

Survivors of Carnau Gwynion

The lone tree may be a shallow photographic cliché, but the reasons for its existence run much deeper and are often more disturbing.

When visitors to the Brecon Beacons are told that the English translation of Fforest Fawr is Great Forest they might well be surprised. With the exception of the modern areas of forestry monoculture there are few trees to be found on the upland slopes of

All Images © Matt Botwood