Documenting one of the forgotten corners of Porthcawl
These are the Barrens. They’re derelict. They’re abandoned. They have a strange, silent and still beauty where movement exists in the seasons, the air, the sand, shadows and sky.
You can read an introduction to this documentary series here...
All Images in the series
Broken Lamp posts
Lamp posts line disused roads throughout the Barrens. Their height and uniformed spacing adds an extra dimension to the landscape while reminding you of the progressive decay as flakes of paint and metal fall away with each passing season.
Barriers of Division
A forgotten land, locked in a compound of decaying bricks and mortar
The lifeguard compound and lookout area dominates the Barrens.
Dogs of the barrens
A lot of locals use the barrens as a dog walking park and it's all very social.
Through the grating hole
Looking through the lifeguard compound and out to sea.
The Lonely Lamppost
Lampposts rise up in unexpected places in The Barrens
There's a still beauty in the Barrens
Growing in the dunes that are slowly reclaiming the Barrens.
Looking past the confines of the Barrens
Nature fighting to take back the Barrens
I'm sure it had a purpose at some point in time.
Returning to Trecco Bay at the end of the day
A lamppost in the middle of the Barrens.
The old, now defunct, lifeguard lookout station.
The new, container constructed, lifeguard station for Sandy Bay and Trecco Bay.
Shipping Container on the Edge of the Barrens
One of a group of shipping containers placed at the edge of the Barrens
Cycling into the Sun
Cycling through the disused roads in the Barrens
Seagull in Flight
Seagulls and Jackdaws, they're the birds you're most likely to see in and around the Barrens.
Mummy, my foot hurts
You would be amazed at the things that get left behind in the Barrens.
Coloured blocks marked the middle of your touring plot.
Through the Grasses
Sunlight catching the Ammophila grasses
A Google Earth satellite image showing the confines of this documentary project in this forgotten corner of Porthcawl