Thirty Year Ago
I was originally commissioned to produce a series of portraits of miners and their wives, I originally photographed during the early/mid 1980s. After a radio appearance and newspaper article, other former employees at the NCB contacted me to ask if they could be part of this project. The interest for the project made Channel 4 news along with other media outlets.
When I neared the end of this series, I felt that it would be interesting to make photo copy tiles and paste them in the places where each portrait suggested they would like their portraits to hand. Their choices were mainly at pits where they had worked. The idea was to paste the tiles and leave them for a few days and then re photograph them.
When the project had ended, it was decided to exhibit them at Big Pit Mining Museum (National Museum of Wales). Pasted around the exterior of pit buildings, the images eventually gave way to the winter weather after two years and thousands of visitors viewing them and pasting selfies.
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