As a child in North Wales I used to lose myself completely in whatever I was doing – especially reading. My parents used the word “byddall” to describe this state but it was only later that I realised that it was a contraction of “mewn byd arrall” (in another world). It’s not a regular Welsh word but I’m unclear if it was just a family word or whether it came from the rural area of my parents’ childhood.
Irrespective of its pedigree I started thinking of all the other states that led to “byddall” and the result is this short portfolio.
The first image, “50 Years On”, is intended to bridge the gap from the time that I first heard “byddall” to the current day, replacing my 2s 6d book with an eReader. This is the state I used to find myself in all those years ago – all that’s changed are technology and 50 years of aging.
50 Years On