Continuing its long-standing predilection for all things Lithuanian, Ffotogallery – the publicly subsidised “Welsh” photographic ‘charity’ which is the tenant of Penarth’s Turner House Art Gallery – is currently staging an exhibition by another Lithuanian photographer, Arturas Valiauga.
Valiauga photographed four National Trust properties in Wales as part of his “European Prospects residency with Ffotogallery”. These were Dyffryn Gardens, Tredegar House, Plas Newydd, Anglesey and Penrhyn Castle near Bangor.
Ffotogallery says of Valiauga’s work “His images encapsulate a moment in time in the lives of these places, which have since outlived those that built them. His quiet, poetic photographs celebrate the commitment of the people who ‘serve’ these houses and offer us a privileged insight.”
Amongst the images on display is a close-up photograph of the jacket pocket of the sports jacket worn by the Marquess of Anglesey – on which a helpful caption giving his title is superimposed on the photo.
Unfortunately that difficult Welsh word “Anglesey“ [OK, well Norse really] has proved to be a bit of a hurdle for Valiauga, for Ffotogallery and for its sponsors, including the National Trust – who really ought to know better.