Farewell to the Airground

by Jack Pritchard

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'Farewell to the Airground' is a title that I have given to a set of photographs taken in the South of Wales. The title itself is a play on the title given to one of my favourite songs 'Farewell to the Fairground'. During my studies at Swansea Metropolitan University, I had been invited one day by an old school friend to go exploring "Bont" mountains as he had friends living in the area. I agreed that it would be good to explore somewhere I had not been before, and we had set out on a long bus journey to the mountains. Upon arriving, we first went to meet the friends that lived in the area and buy some snacks for our adventure up to the hills. Before adventuring the once thought small hills, referred to by friends as mountains we met with an enormous countryside path that led up a hill that I thought we would pass. Unfortunately to be surprised this was the hill we were going to be venturing! I'd already spent five pounds on a bus ticket and spent an hour of my day for the travelling out to the hills. So I thought why not!? We began our walk up to the top of the hill which took us just over an hour in itself. Once we had reached the top of the mountain, I not only had a deeper understanding of how unfit I had become, I also met with a great view of the surrounding area. Fortunately, I was keen enough to get some new photographs done that week and had packed my compact camera in my bag. I experimented with a few shots, but the ones that truly caught my eye were when I ramped up the zoom settings to 2000% of the normal view and captured some nearby wind turbines. After processing the images in Photoshop and playing with the light and colour values, I settled with the photographs you find in this article.