Hi all for the past 2 years I have been working on a book very close to my heart - it’s called Port Talbot UFO Investigation Club and will be published with GOST this year.
I will share some images from the project, some stories, some video and I hope you would like to PRE-ORDER a copy from my Kickstarter. There is a video about the book and some tasty rewards only available to those who get in quick.
This is my first monograph with an art publisher and I am very excited about it. I am a big fan of GOST they work with amazing photographers producing magical books.
SO WHAT’S IT ABOUT?
The small industrial town of Port Talbot sits just off the M4 motorway in South Wales. The lifeblood of the town, the steelworks, dominates the rolling landscape. The town, once labelled one of the most polluted in the UK, is nestled in and around areas of outstanding natural beauty and, according to Hollywood actor Michael Sheen, has an extremely high number of UFO sightings.
Richard Burton, Antony Hopkins and Michael Sheen all hail from Port Talbot. The list goes on including music legends, scientists and sports professionals. Banksy recently made a painting there. I wondered what is it about this small town which produces so many icons and why do the aliens want to visit it so often?
My investigation has been about Welsh power and the drive to succeed… the power of hope - we are all in the gutter but some of us are looking at stars. Do the lights in the sky represent hope?
This is a love letter to Port Talbot. I want to tell positive stories of the weird and wonderful - of those who remind us what it is to be human. It’s about dreaming. It’s about being lost and found all at the same time.
The Observer Magazine November 27th 2022
When Toni Crews died at 30 of a very rare cancer, her parents were determined to carry out her last request - and allow a documentary team unprecedented access. Here, they share why filming the dissection of their daughter's body will benefit and educate so many others.
Jason and Jo for @obsmagazine@channel4 ‘My Dead Body’ will be aired on 5th December.
Check out the full article here
PRINT SHOP NOW OPEN
I am launching my PRINT SHOP and will be offering prints of my work for purchase for the first time!
The prints come in 3 sizes 8x10, 10x12 and 12x16 with borders ready for display/framing and start at £70. To kick off I will be offering Instagram followers a 20% discount until October 31st with code MOTHERNATURE at checkout.💰
New images will be added frequently and first up is FOREST a series taken from my book of the same name.
Here’s what some have said about the Forest book and photo series:
'A visual masterpiece’ @smithsonianmagazine
'Best Gardening Books 2019' @telegraph
'This is a book in which you can lose your way in the wilderness.' @gardens_illustrated
'Lewis' atmospheric, beautifully composed photographs are a delight.' @BBC
Featured by the Hayward Gallery as part of their ‘Among The Trees’ Exhibition collection.
LINK IN BIO or visit www.uponpostcardmountains.com
As well as amazing prints I will also be offering exclusive editions and magical books.
If you have any questions hit me up! 🌈😊❤️👍
The Observer Magazine July 24th 2022
Author Leah McLaren photographed at her home for The Observer Magazine
The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2022
Delighted to announce that a photograph of mine has been selected for the 2022 @royalacademyarts Summer Exhibition! This image is from a book I have been shooting (the details of which are still currently under wraps) captured in Port Talbot, Wales.
I feel honoured to be part of such an amazing exhibition and one that has been running since 1769(!). Can’t wait to see it hanging in real life.
Thanks to #dreamteam @labyrinth_cos @metroimaging @floatprojects
Kitten Grayson X Ffern
@kittengraysonflowers for natural fragrance maker @ffern.co I photographed them at their magical cutting garden in Bruton, Somerset. Each bottle of the Spring 22 fragrance was sent with a slip of paper embedded with poppy seeds which can be planted in the mycelium packaging.
Check out the full set below!
I NEW GOTTWAX (part of Gottwood) VINYL DROPS THIS WEEK
Excited to share the 4th record from the label which I have shot + designed
Fire on Fire EP is by @superluxrecords co-founder @n_gynnand has a spicy remix from @djlucalozano. The artwork features ‘The Golden God’ (Paul) and drops 28/01/2022🎺
MUA @charliaverymakeup 🌞
THE OBSERVER MAGAZINE LOST & FOUND
My images were used in a feature in The Observer Magazine about author Francisco Garcia reflecting on love, loss and the enduring promise of reunion in his book If You Were There: Missing People and the Marks They Leave Behind out now on Harper & Collins. Hit the button below to see the full set.
THE OBSERVER MAGAZINE FEATURE
I photographed writer Nicola Kelly for her article on what happens to the brain and body in a moment of mortal danger.
THE OBSERVER MAGAZINE
Aya Haider for The Observer Magazine
EAT WHAT YOU GROW
I photographed Alys Fowler's new book 'Eat What you Grow'. I had the pleasure of documenting Alys’ beautiful garden over the course of a year to capture the amazing, diverse world of polycultures and witness the growth of some delicious food. 🥕🥬🌽🌶
BEAUTIFUL illustrations by @ankadabrowskaart perfectly design by @carolmontpart + @alisawelbyavailable at all good bookshops of course!
New shoot for The Lissome Magazine can be found online now. I explore a number of nature related stories with Emma Latham-Phillips.
Former Deputy Labour leader Tom Watson for Runners World UK.
THE FINANCIAL TIMES
3 years ago today FT journalist Madison Marriage exposed sexual misconduct at The Presidents Club annual charity dinner. The event, with invitations exclusively extended to leading male figures in business, politics and entertainment, had over 360 guests tended by 130 ‘scantily dressed hostesses’. The fundraising dinner, now disbanded, had been a mainstay of London’s social calendar for 33 years, yet the activities had remained largely unreported.
In her undercover report Madison wrote that the hostesses were subject to groping, lewd comments, requests to join guests in their bedrooms, questions whether they were prostitutes and one attendee even exposing himself.
Portrait for The FT.
Forest The Hayward Gallery
Delighted to see my book Forest: Walking Among Trees featured by the Hayward Gallery as part of their ‘Among The Trees’ Exhibition collection. This curation brings together artworks that explore our relationships with trees and forests - the book was chosen and is available to buy in the Southbank Centre shop! for more information vis the Hayward Gallery website or visit the collection here
Geoff Print + Frame
The exclusive limited edition Dahlia Geoff framed handprint has sold out - thank you to everyone who bought one. I will be releasing more limited edition prints soon please check out my shop for more info.
The Earth Issue Freedom Fundraiser
The Earth Issue's Freedom Fundraiser is a print sale created to raise funds for bail contributions and to support organisations fighting for social justice. In response to recent events and the murder of George Floyd at the hands of the police, The Earth Issue and its collaborating artists wish to do our part to support the Black Lives Matter movement. The Earth Issue Freedom Fundraiser features work generously donated by more than 300 artists and photographers around the world, including Tom Johnson, Harley Weir, Jack Davison and Ronan Mckenzie.