News has just come in about The People of the Black Mountains Project. It's a audio visual project run by Black Mountains Photography asking for public contributions. Here's the inspiration and details of how you can get involved.
"The hand of the Black Mountains. From a distance, in good light, the long whaleback ridges are blue. Under cloud they are grey cloudbanks. But from within they are many colours: olive green under sunlight; darker green with patches of summer bracken; green with pink tinge when there are young leaves on the whinberries; dark with the heather out of flower, purple briefly in late summer; russet with autumn bracken,when at dawn after rain the eastern slopes can be red; pale gold in dead winter bracken,against the white of snow. Yet black, cellular black, under storm cloud: a pitted honeycomb of darkness within darkness." - taken from People of the Black Mountains by Raymond Williams.
Simon Powell from Black Mountains Photography tells fyi:brecon: "As I read that chapter for the first time in a book shop in Hay on Wye it made and still makes the hairs stand up on the back of my neck and my mind fills with the images of the hills images I have seen whilst walking the hills.
"The two book Raymond wrote depicting the history culture and development of the area have gone down in history as a true work of passion my a man who new the area intimately.
"It was following a few too many glasses of wine flicking through my twitter feed by a slowly dying wood burner that my mind drifted to the modern face of the Black Mountains a collection of people from far and wide some living in, some working in and some just escaping to.
"So at last we get to the purpose of this rambling I am looking to produce a video film record using the tools that dictated our modern over civilized life style. I want you to record yourself reading from the first chapter of the book whilst walking, working, driving through or just standing in your garden with the hills in the background.
"Record it using our modern toys then tweet about it post it on Facebook send it to me and I will blend then all together for it to be upload it on the internet where it will be free to all."
If you'd like to take part in the film project contact Simon Powell by going to:
Watch the trailer: