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Diana Fritsche is based in South Wales.
Diana is a professional photographer of many years standing and now lectures on photography and is engaged with issues in landscape photography.

Photographer's Statement:
"When I first came to Wales in 1997 I was impressed by the welcome that I received and was mesmerised by the landscape. As most first time visitors do, I visited all the usual tourist haunts and took photographs of the most photographed places. Later I started exploring the hills and valleys of Wales and was completely amazed by the land that is free for all to enjoy.

We did not have common land in Germany with farmers holding ancient rights to graze their flocks of sheep and cattle on these places or have livestock wandering on to mountain roads.
No one is bothered; there's time to wait until they decide to move - or not.
There is time to watch the buzzard’s flight and the Red Kite hovering over-head.
Slowly drive to the top of Mynydd-Y-Gwair; look around and there is the Gower, the Brecon Beacons, Betws Mountain, and Ammanford. I can see Mumbles, Swansea and far into distant Devon across the Bristol channel.

I completed an MA in documentary photography in Newport and produced a book for my MA dissertation called ‘Common’ which is an attempt to capture the spirit of these ancient places.
I had been running my creative and commercial photography studio for ten years in Cologne but after several visits to Wales I decided that I wanted to live and work in the Welsh landscape which is so ancient and unique. I bought a house in Craig-Cefn-Parc and started to explore my surroundings.

I am a conservationist and I believe in clean sustainable energy, but I cannot believe that on an Island such as the UK, tidal power cannot be the most valuable way to harness energy.
I am totally outraged by the plan to dig up Mynydd-y-Gwair or any other part of ancient Wales.
Has it not suffered enough ravages in the past?

My photographs show clearly what will be destroyed if this wind-farm madness continues. It is not just the tourist places that make Wales what it is. It is the places where people have lived and worked the land for centuries - the ‘hidden’ treasures of Wales that need protection.
Look and enjoy what you see now before it disappears for ever."

Diana Fritsche.



To view a web gallery of 'Internet optimised' images of some of the photographs taken by Diana Fritsche on Mynydd y Gwair please click on the following web link.
Mynydd y Gwair Photographs.

Diana Fritsche is member of IRIS (International Centre for Women in Photography) which is based at Staffordshire University and supported by the Advanced Research Institute, School of Art & Design.
Diana's IRIS page.

Please use this e-mail address to contact Diana Fritsche regarding her photography work.     dianafritsche@hotmail.com

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