Back in March I posted a photo journal depicting scenes of Gower smothered in snow. Beautiful, of course, but not exactly inviting. Today, just a…Leave a Comment
It was March 7th, 2023. We were excited about the arrival of spring. Then it snowed. The Gower peninsula (south Wales) is not used to…1 Comment
The point of this post is to demonstrate that… well, the camera you have with you doesn’t need to be “the best” for you to enjoy the simple pleasures of photography.Leave a Comment
Alternative title: “Post-Apocalyptic Pumpkin Patch” Even here in semi-rural Wales, life has become Americanised. That’s not a complaint, just an observation. When I was a…Leave a Comment
Summer is here and Baby Holbrook is five months old, so we eased ourselves into our first family adventure with a luxurious glamping stay at…
Langland Bay is arguably the most famous beach on the the Gower peninsula’s southern stretch. And it’s one of the main reasons the village of…Leave a Comment
Unedited SOOC photos shot with my Fujifilm XT3 XF 23mm F2 R WR lens – Classic Chrome and Acros film simulations.
I took these photos of Penclawdd over the last year and a half (2021/22). I had no idea in mind of what I’d do with them, no goal. But after putting them together, side by side, I realised that they painted a picture, a portrait – a portrait of my home.
Local boy Ben Holbrook guides James and Lucy through his beautiful country, which is famed for its spectacular coastline and countryside.
My first film of 2022, and boy does it feel good to be back behind the camera! I shot this short at the glorious Rhossili…Leave a Comment
It’s the night before and my hands are trembling as I’m packing my bag. The tent, the air mattress and pillow, the sleeping bag. The…2 Comments
I asked my fellow UK bloggers to share their favourite beach towns in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. Here’s what they had to say!Leave a Comment
There’s a farmer who owns a woodland on the Dulais River in south Wales. For a few quid a night he lets you pitch your…Leave a Comment
Llangennith beach to Rhossili Bay across Rhossili Downs is easily one of the most scenic walks on the Gower peninsula (in south Wales, UK). This…Leave a Comment
Gone for Good? ~ A Documentary Film & Photo Project Exploring the State of Our So-Called Sacred Spaces
Penclawdd is a village of 3,500 people located on the Gower peninsula in south Wales. Its bountiful coal, tin and copper mines saw it prosper…
Hike one of the wildest and most beautiful beaches in the Gower peninsula, and don’t miss the iconic Whiteford Point lighthouse.Leave a Comment
I grew up in Penclawdd, on the marsh, the estuary forever in view. But it’s only now that I’ve returned as an adult that I…
We drank too much – wine and beer and gin and god knows what. I took some blurry drunken photos…Leave a Comment
More from the Gower Peninsula Sands of Torture ~ Lockdown on the Gower Peninsula (South Wales, UK) “I Do Love October” – Autumn on the…Leave a Comment
I can cope with most aspects of lockdown life, but…Leave a Comment
My biggest adventure yet.2 Comments
I haven’t travelled this autumn, but I’ve stayed creative. All photos taken with the Fuji 35mm F1.4 R lens (samples and lens review included).
In ‘Like Living on an Island’, Ben Holbrook explores the relationship between the residents of the Gower peninsula (south Wales) and its coastline.
Cine Scenes from Summer 2020 (on the Gower Peninsula, Wales) ~ A 2.35:1 Aspect Ratio Photography Journal
A series of photos cropped using the 2.35:1 aspect ratio + tips on how to use the 2.35:1 cinematic aspect ratio to make your images look like film scenes.
From hilly hikes and autumnal adventures to city breaks and foodie sojourns, here are some ideas to help you book the perfect UK holiday this autumn.Leave a Comment
“He’d do stupid things like that and mistake the attention he got in return for admiration.”Leave a Comment
Here are my favourite beaches on the Gower peninsula and some insider advice on where to park, eat & drink nearby – plus tips on dog-friendly beaches & accommodation in the Gower (hotels, B&Bs, pubs & campsites).Leave a Comment
As one of the most remote and difficult beaches to get to on the Gower peninsula in south Wales, Pwlldu Bay is the place to escape to for ‘Famous Five’ style fun and frolics.
As if we needed another excuse to crack open a few cold ones, it’s International Beer Day (held on the first Friday of August each…1 Comment
Find out about Welsh Wine Week and discover 8 beautiful Welsh wines to sip yourself! #welshwineweekLeave a Comment
‘Discovering Welsh Wine’, or ‘Standing in the Middle of this New World with Terrific Forces at Our Disposal’
Let me introduce you to the beautiful new world of Welsh wine. Yes, really! Wine from Wales! Wales in the UK!
Something’s changed. I’ve changed, the world’s changed, this blog has changed.6 Comments
A poem by Ben Holbrook dedicated to the beautiful pubs of South Wales’ glorious Gower Peninsula.Leave a Comment
From the rugged Welsh coastline to the Dales up north, this is your guide to the most beautiful national parks in the UK.Leave a Comment
‘Surrender’ explores the internal battles many of us have fought during the Coronavirus lockdown, while hinting at the juxtaposition of countless lives being devastated against a backdrop of spring in full bloom.Leave a Comment
I asked my fellow pub-loving travel blogger friends for their top tips on the best boozers in Scotland, Wales, Ireland and England! Here are the results!1 Comment
Thanks to the customer booking data from Glencor Golf, we have compiled a list of the best golf courses in the UK – as voted by avid golf hobbyists and PGA professionals alike.Leave a Comment
From surfing to hiking, sleeping to eating, here’s your essential guide to one of the best beach/surf/camping destinations in the UK.2 Comments
Light Breaks Where No Sun Shines (Poem by Dylan Thomas, Visuals by Ben Holbrook) Light breaks where no sun shines; Where no sea runs, the…Leave a Comment
A haven from the chaos of contemporary culture, Gliffaes Country House Hotel is the rural retreat you’ve been dreaming of.
Recover, reset and revel in the only 4-star hotel in Wales’ glorious Brecon Beacons.
How do you feel about travelling in your own country? I left Wales almost 11 years ago (to move to Barcelona and then London –…Leave a Comment
When I think of Wales, I think of home. I think of my friends and family… my sunburned youth. Of endless days at the beach, chasing waves and girls. Summers spent in soggy tents and cars without air conditioning.4 Comments
I’ve been home in Wales for the last week or so, catching up with old friends and family. Drinking endless pints of Guinness and Gower…Leave a Comment
Learn to ride or hone your equestrian skills in the outstanding natural beauty of Mid Wales.Leave a Comment
My father brought me here when I was a wee nipper. He picked me up and plonked me down on a cushion of moss that…Leave a Comment
I went home to Swansea this week and spent some time with nature… and my mum. I’m still struck by how breathtakingly beautiful it is…6 Comments
Camping on the Gower Peninsula has become a holy grail for many adventurous Brits looking to escape to the rolling waves and hills. Being brought…26 Comments
“Take an hour for lunch and be back here ready for the dinner rush,” David told me. Luckily I had my board in the car. I…Leave a Comment