Brecon Beacons Landscape Photography Diary….Ysbryd Yr Hendre Pedwar



A photography project is very much a journey of discovery of not only your chosen subject but very often yourself. The start of this project was very much a hunt and with it the very primitive instincts of hunting came to the fore. With every glimpse of a straight line in a hedge or a geometrical shape on a map a increase in the heart beat was felt and an insatiable desire be there which would drive me onwards. Putting another pin in a map and ticking a box was such a buzz. Then came the task of photographing these ruins in an almost workmanlike manner I set about documenting their final stages of existence again working through a check list as follows.

  • wide
  • surrounding landscape
  • front
  • back
  • sides
  • doors
  • windows
  • features nooks niches gullies troughs fireplace
  • stonework
  • qoins

I plan to reproduce the window images to actual size so I need to take measurement, height & width. I felt pleased with myself with all this new found information.

That was until this Hendre which is not a Hendre in the true sense of the word (Hill Farm). This was a building that must of played an important part in the history of the area and its native inhabitants. Admittedly I went into this ruin with a rough idea of its history as it was fairly obvious that it isn’t a vernacular dwelling but whilst I was in there I became aware of my feeling and emotional state of mind changing almost to the point of, well perhaps its just best to watch the video diary


  1. Wow, unsettling, you’ve managed to convey this building’s ominous presence. I wonder what it was used for, I have bad vibes. Great stuff, as always.


  2. Thank you Simon. I would love to have seen this majestic building towering over the land below. As soon as we figure out time shifting, I will make this ruin a priority.
    John, Canada.


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