Energy+Notion

Tom Birbidge, an apprentice engineer for Jones-Bros, who have contracts on Wales wind-farms, including Vattenfall, where Tom is photographed standing at the Pen-y-Cymoedd Wandfarm with his GPS surveying equipment.  The farm Pen-y-Cyoedd is Britons largest onshore wind farm and just miles from once the world's largest coal producing area, The Rhondda Valley. 

Photo by Richard Jones / Energy+Notion

Photographer, Richard Jones, has been documenting the changes in the Welsh energy landscape in the Arts Council of Wales sponsored project “Energy+Notion”.

The audio-visual project mixes interviews, three dimensional portraits and time-lapse landscapes. A 12-minute digital installation and photo exhibit has been produced and features Pen y Cymoedd. The installation will tour old mining institutes, theatres and arts centres, including the Parc & Dare, Treorchy and the Coliseum, Aberdare in the New Year.

“When you step back and think of what’s been done and what’s going to happen it is quite a big thing.
It’s not just a load of turbines. You are helping towards that energy revolution. Something needs to be done, you can’t really rely on coal or non-renewable energy. It is just going to run out at some point.”
Tom Burbidge, Jones Bros Balfour Beatty JV, Pontardawe