In the 1970s photographer Robin Weaver worked as a reporter for a local newspaper in South Wales. Aside from his day job taking the usual shots of rugby matches, mayoral visits and flower shows, Robin had a passion for documentary photograpy – capturing the everyday lives of people in and around the towns and valleys of South Wales.
Robin: “I believe that old photographs develop a special character. It’s a unique sheen imbued by the passage of time. Looking through these photographs today, four decades later, I find myself not only in a different time, but also in a different country.”
The evocative images in our gallery below highlight a selection of Robin’s work that capture a different era in Welsh culture, faces and places that are no longer with us, images frozen in time before the hyper-connected world we live in.
Robin “I was doing some moody shots of the row of empty cottages and was surprised when Mr Parfitt (aged 84) came out of one of them. His wife invited me in for a cup of tea. They were the last residents and due to be rehoused but were very proud if their neat cosy home. These cottages now form part of the Blaenavon Ironworks museum within the UNESCO World Heritage site.”
“This is a corner shop in Splott, 1974. One of my favourite photos which is full of little details, things you don’t see anymore like bacon slicers and glass milk bottles. The girls is probably spending her pocket money on a comic and some sweets and I love the look of pleasure on her face.”
All photos © Robin Weaver, all rights reserved.