By Edward Brydon
A black and white photo of a Welsh descendant is part of “The Singing Hills,” a documentary project by Edward Brydon.
Saturday, April 14, 1 p.m.—GRANVILLE, N.Y.— Attention Vermont and New York Slate Valley Welsh descendants! Please join other descendants and those interested in Welsh history on. Saturday, April 14, 1 p.m. at the Slate Valley Museum to meet artist Edward Brydon, a photographic artist from northwest Wales. Brydon will discuss “The Singing Hills,” his documentary project that is part of the Northern Eye International Photography Festival in Colwyn Bay, North Wales.
“The Singing Hills” uses photography to try and draw a visual link between the people, land and life in the New York and Vermont area, and North Wales. Brydon has also been extensively photographing the Welsh in the Remsen, N.Y., region, in search of people driven to leave North Wales due to poverty, lack of work in spite of the booming industrial revolution, and suppression of the Welsh heritage and language.
“The Singing Hills” draws references from Welsh myths and legends, including the tale of Madog and the Mabinogion. It draws a visual line of connection between the people, land, and life of Remsen and North Wales, their similarities and differences and the relationship of these proud people of Welsh heritage to their home in America and the land of their ancestral home in North Wales. Brydon continues photographing the people, land, and village life in Remsen and the surrounding area while doing the same in North Wales, and where possible, photographing confirmed relatives of people he has photographed in Remsen.
All are welcome. Light refreshments will be available. A free will offering to benefit the Slate Valley Museum will be greatly appreciated. Slate Valley Museum is located at 17 Water St., Granville, N.Y. For more information, visit slatevalleymuseum.org.