Walter Waygood: Man of Mystery

Essay in the book Family of Blaenafon by Walter Waygood. Summer 2023

As someone who has also photographed in the Valleys I couldn’t help but feel there was a certain mystique surrounding Walter Waygood. His name kept appearing, particularly in relation to Ffotogallery’s Valleys Project, yet he was nowhere to be found. When, after several decades, I finally met Walter one half of the mystery was quickly solved - for over twenty years he had exiled himself to work in the New Forest. The second half of the mystery - how he managed to create photographs that show the deep and sincere connection he has with his subjects - is, to a large extent, the subject of my essay...

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