The Village: A Year in the Life of a Community

LLangwm post office and shop

David Wilson has given his permission for us to reproduce his newsletter from the early days of the lockdown – with some of the images taken from his collection called The Village. We love this candid slice of life in Pembrokeshire and hope you will enjoy these images as much as we do. There are a couple of links so you can go to his website and see much more: The Village

David Wilson writes:

I hope this newsletter finds you and your family well, and that you are coping as well as you can in these strange times.

At the start of 2019 I set out to document life in the village where I live (Llangwm, in Pembrokeshire), compiling a photographic record of a vibrant community.    

I now look back at the photographs I took with a sense of bewilderment at how quickly our community and others have been put into a state of suspension. 

I hope that these images can serve as a reminder that we will emerge from this extraordinary state of affairs and return to a semblance of normality. 

A selection of photographs from the project can be viewed on my website

Thank you for continued support and please do keep safe. 

About David Wilson

David Wilson

My love of photography began when I bought my first camera aged 17.  I spent many carefree days riding around Pembrokeshire on my motorbike with my 35mm Canon and an Ordnance Survey map, learning to take photographs while exploring the coast and countryside. Due to my habit of colliding with objects, the motorbike is now history, but my passion for photography is as strong as ever.

The landscape of Pembrokeshire and Wales provides an idyllic playground for a black-and-white landscape photographer. In my work I seek to capture the country’s many different faces: the windswept coast of midwinter, a derelict farm cottage, the faded grandeur of a rural chapel or the rugged contours of a mountain pass. The story of Wales is told through its landscape, and it is this narrative that I seek to capture in my work.

The Village was a year-long project undertaken during 2019 that documented life in the close-knit community of Llangwm.  This is a small selection from the hundreds of images taken for the project. Later in 2020 when, hopefully, life returns to some sense of normality, I will be exhibiting the whole project. The images on this page are not presented in chronological order.

Kitty Parsons

Kitty has forgotten how long she has been here now but she loves Pembrokeshire for its beauty and it's people. She spends her time searching out stories for, swimming in the sea , drawing and painting as Snorkelfish and eating cake. She says " has been an opportunity to celebrate this beautiful county and its people. Keep the stories coming. We love to hear from you."

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