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The Spirit of Ynys Llanddwyn

Cheryl Hamer used in-camera multiple exposures in order to capture a picture with a different character of an iconic location on Ynys Llanddwyn in Wales. Here she explains why she wanted to use such a technique

One of the most iconic photographic locations on Anglesey is Ynys Llanddwyn – Ynys means island in Welsh. During the highest tides, Llanddwyn is cut off from the mainland, the rest of the time it is a glorious peninsula that ‘sticks out’ into the Atlantic. To get to it you have to walk about a mile along Newborough beach (in itself another lovely location). There is then another mile to get out to the end, where there are two lighthouses, a Christian cross, a Celtic cross and an old ruined church. There are also numerous wonderful bays, rocky outcrops and cliffs along the way with fantastic views across to Snowdonia and the Llyn Peninsula.

The weather and light on Llanddwyn remind me of the Outer Hebrides of Scotland – I suppose it has something to do with being an island off the west coast – the weather roars in off the Atlantic bringing frequent changes of ethereal light, wind, storms, foaming seas and great cloud formations. Winter is a fantastic time of year to capture the simple magnificence and grandeur of the place. The …

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