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3 Heol Pen'Rallt
Machynlleth, SY20 8AG

(01654) 700559

We're an independent gallery bookshop based in Machynlleth, mid Wales. It's our blend of bookshop, selling a carefully selected collection of reads and pick-up-and-flick-through books – and gallery space to inspire you while you're browsing. We host events too, book readings, author talks, photography and art openings. 

Exhibition opening   Looking Out, Looking In, photography by Alan Hale

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Exhibition opening Looking Out, Looking In, photography by Alan Hale

Join us for the preview of Alan's new exhibition from 6.30 - 8.00, 3 May 2018, gather at ffotogaleri y gofeb a few doors along from the bookshop

When the storms hit Aberystwyth in 2015 and 2016, Alan was, of course, there with his camera, documenting the process of destruction, rebuilding and then more destruction and it was this work that he showed. Things have settled down a little at Aber, but the damage is now being done to Alan instead.

Having been diagnosed with cancer, however, did not stop him taking photographs, Alan being the sort of person he is. He just slowed down a bit, moved around less and started to take more photographs from the warmth and comfort of various cafes in the town he has lived in for 45 years. This work took on a life of its own and became a self-published book.

Seeing people come and go, both inside and outside, while in the café Alan saw everyday life going on, something he could no longer do with quite the same energy. He then started to see the visual effects created by the often steamed-up windows, and reflections, layering and texturing in an interesting way and so his new photography, born out of the restrictions his body now imposed, came into being.