Artist

Robert Law

Portrait of Robert Law

Robert Law is a documentary photographer based on Ynys Môn/Anglesey. His practice concerns documentary photography, capturing both rural and urban environments and the people within them. With so many landscape images being produced in North Wales as a whole, Rob feels that it’s important to show that this is also a place where people need to live and work.

Since having a darkroom as a teenager, Rob has always had an interest in photography, but took to more committed work under the mentorship of photojournalist colleagues. Encouraged to work in terms of series, his work has included projects in diverse places like Glasgow, Nice, Ayr and more recently his home village of Llandegfan, under the initial coronavirus lockdown of 2020 which was subsequently published as a small book.

Robert is a contributor to Millennium Images, London and was shortlisted for Portrait of Britain 2019, the ESPY Awards 2019 and the British Photography Awards 2019. His work has been published in Creative Review and It’s Nice That, amongst others.

He founded The North Wales Project in 2019 to encourage and show the best documentary photography in
the region.

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Portfolio

Holyhead - Sea Change?

Holyhead is a fiercely independently-minded town in North Wales with a proud, close community and rich heritage. It’s a major seaport and gateway to the Republic of Ireland, yet overlooked and underinvested over the years whilst facing increasing economic challenges. In common with many coastal towns in the UK, Holyhead voted to leave the European Union. This is despite its obvious maritime connections and the many EU-funded projects that can be seen throughout the area. This could present a paradox for the outsider and perhaps, by observing and documenting Holyhead as honestly as possible, we can start to gain some understanding?

This project has been ongoing for a few years, eschewing the stereotypical images of the area and documenting the otherwise unseen. In order to make the project grow beyond simply documenting ‘place’, portraits of local people were included, adding a rich narrative and revealing strong community cohesion.

It is hoped that this project will be published as a book in the near future, hopefully building on interest in the UK and beyond.