Ron McCormick

B.S.C Works at Ebbw Vale, from The Valleys Project, 1985 (c) Ron McCormick
B.S.C Works at Ebbw Vale, from The Valleys Project, 1985 (c) Ron McCormick

The South Wales Valleys as we now know them are the result of the most extraordinary industrialisation process, a process which brought with it profound changes to the landscape as the encroaching sprawl of the rapidly developing iron and coal industries took over the land. It was to take the disaster at Aberfan and the decline of the coal industry generally to focus attention on the environmental problems of the region. The latter part of the 20th Century has seen the topography of the area alter dramatically as tips and mines have disappeared and spoil heaps have been levelled to neutralise their danger and lessen the impact on the eye. Ron McCormick’s elegant but brutally honest pictures encapsulate this metamorphosis with precision and aplomb.