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Patagonia - Byd Arall / Otro Mundo / Another World [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

Ed Gold

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27 July 2012
Patagonia: one man's fascinating vision of the present, which is ever mindful of the past. Weaving harsh yet beautiful landscapes with faces that are hard to forget around a central presence of Welsh communities and culture on a far continent, this is a living memoir of life in Patagonia at the beginning of the twenty-first century. Settlers from Wales famously moved to this corner of Argentina to establish a colony in 1865, and now the fourth and fifth generations carry on the story of a unique chapter in Welsh history. In a trilingual volume of striking photographs, Ed Gold shows his talent for recording all aspects of life. Inspired by his interest in Wales, and in documenting the lives of people connected to historically important culture, he spent two and a half years creating a significant body of work in Patagonia. A selection of the best is seen here.

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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Gomer Press; Bilingual edition edition (27 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848514379
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848514379
  • Product Dimensions: 28.8 x 24.2 x 2.2 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 918,021 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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English and Spanish reviews follow Mae yna ryw dynfa ryfeddol ir Wladfa. Does ond angen treulio amser byr yn y rhan ddiarffordd hon o dalaith Chubut yng nghanolbarth yr Ariannin er mwyn profi hyn. Yn ddi-os, mae yna ramant anesboniadwy am yr anialwch llwm lle glaniodd rhyw 150 o Gymry tlawd ym 1865. Ac wrth inni nesu at ddathlu 150 o flynyddoedd ers glanior fintai gyntaf yn 2015, mae ymddangosiad y gyfrol swmpus hon o luniau gan Ed Gold yn amserol dros ben. Dyma gofnod ffotograffig pwysig iawn o ffordd o fyw syn prysur ddiflannu or tir. Mae tudalennaur gyfrol chwaethus hon yn frith o luniau o dirwedd ddramatig, o wynebau llawn cymeriad, o offer fferm a cherbydau hynafol, o adeiladau syn ymddangos yn hynod Gymreig ac eton hollol anghyfarwydd ar yr un pryd. Un o raglenni cyfres Cefn Gwlad Dai Jones am y Wladfa a ysbrydolodd y ffotograffydd i deithio rhyw wyth mil o filltiroedd ar gyfer y fenter yma, ac yn ystod y ddau gyfnod estynedig o ryw ddwy flynedd a hanner a dreuliodd Ed Gold yn y Wladfa, maen cyfaddef iddo dynnu rhyw 16,000 o luniau. Detholiad or rhain, yn ddu a gwyn ac mewn lliw, a gawn ni yn y gyfrol hon, ac maer cyflwyniad yn ogystal r holl nodiadau cefndir yn dairieithog Cymraeg, Sbaeneg a Saesneg. Dylair ffaith yman unig sicrhau apl eang ir gyfrol gan gymunedau y ddwy ochr i Fr Iwerydd. Mae rhediad thematig pendant ir dewis lluniau. Y gwastadeddau dramatig syn cael y sylw cychwynnol, wedyn dawr wynebau i'n sylw. Maer gyfrol yn diweddu trwy bortreadur trigolion o fewn eu hamgylchfyd. Difyr sylwi nad ydy Ed Gold wedi atal rhediad y lluniau trwy gynnwys gormod o wybodaeth ysgrifenedig ar bob tudalen. Ond ir rhai syn awyddus i wybod, mae nodiadau manwl ar gefndir bob llun ar y tudalennau olaf. Mae hon yn llawer mwy na chyfrol arferol bwrdd-coffi syn adrodd hanes taith ffotograffydd mewn gwlad dramor. Ceir yma gysylltiad emosiynol iawn rhyngon nir Cymry chynnwys y lluniau. Mae yma hefyd ryw agosatrwydd anesboniadwy yn ein denu tuag y Byd Arall rhyfeddol. Dyma anrheg Nadolig berffaith, dybiwn i, ir rhai syn awyddus i ail-fyw profiad Patagonia ac ir rhai syn dal i freuddwydio am fynd yno. **************** The Welsh colony in Patagonia (known in Welsh as the Wladfa) holds a spellbinding attraction, and one only needs to spend a short time in this remote part of Chubut to appreciate this. Undoubtedly there is an unexplicable magic about the wilderness in which some 150 poverty stricken Welsh immigrants attempted to eke out an existence in 1865. And as we approach the 150th celebration of this event, the publication of Ed Golds sumptuous book of photographs is relevant and timely. This is a photographic memoir of a way of life which is rapidly disappearing. The pages of this lavish volume are filled with images of dramatic landscapes, of memorable faces, of antiquated vehicles and farm equipment belonging to a long-forgotten age, and of buildings which appear to have distinct Welsh characteristics but are disctinctively foreign at the same time. After viewing one programme in the Cefn Gwlad series, Gold was inspired to travel over 8,000 miles solely for this project, and took around 16,000 photographs during his visit to the Wladfa. Were presented with a selection of these, both in colour and black and white, and the volumes preface, as well as all the notes, are trilingual Welsh, Spanish and English. This fact alone should broaden the volumes appeal to readers on both sides of the Atlantic. There is a definitive running theme to the books contents. The dramatic landscape is shown in the first section, followed by the distinct faces, and the volume ends with portraits of the inhabitants in their own surroundings. Its interesting that Ed Gold hasnt broken the sequence by including too much written information on each page, but for those eager to discover more, there are copious notes on each photograph on the final pages of the book. This is much more than a coffee-table book about one photographers journey to foreign climes. There is a distinct emotional bond between the Welsh people and the subjects of the photographs, as well as an inexplicable pull which attracts us all to this other world. Gomer has provided us with an ideal Christmas present for those who wish to re-live their own experiences of Patagonia, as well those who dream of their first visit. ************** La colonia galesa en Patagonia (conocida en gals como la Wladfa) tiene un atractivo fascinante y uno slo necesita de unos cuantos das en esta remota parte de Chubut para hacerse una idea de su valor. Indudablemente hay un enigmtico hechizo acerca de ese pramo en el que unos ciento cincuenta inmigrantes galeses, asolados por la pobreza, intentaron a duras penas ganarse la vida en 1865. Al acercarnos al 150 aniversario de ese xodo, la publicacin del magnfico libro de fotografas de Ed Gold es de una pertinente y relevante importancia. Es una memoria fotogrfica de una forma de vida que va rpidamente desapareciendo. Las pginas de este esplndido volumen estn llenas de imgenes de extraordinarios paisajes, de memorables caras, de carros anticuados y maquinaria agrcola de pocas de antao, y de construcciones en las que se adivinan caractersticas distintivas galesas, pero que a su vez son irremisiblemente extranjeras. Tras ver uno de los programas en la serie de televisin Cefn Gwlad (La vida rural), Gold decidi cruzar los ms de 12.000 kilmetros que separan Gales de Patagonia slo para la elaboracin de este proyecto. Realiz ms de 16.000 fotografas durante su estancia en Wladfa. Este libro recoge una seleccin de esas fotografas tanto en blanco y negro como en color, y tanto el prefacio del libro como las notas aclaratorias del mismo estn en gals, espaol e ingls. Este hecho por s mismo ha de llamar la atencin de los lectores de ambos lados del Atlntico. Su estructura interna tiene sin duda una temtica continuada: los descomunales paisajes de la primera seccin, seguido de los ntidos rostros, terminando con los retratos de sus habitantes en su propio entorno. Es interesante que Ed Gold no haya roto las secuencias fotogrficas con explicaciones en cada pgina; no obstante, para el lector siempre ansioso por saber ms hay copiosas notas sobre cada fotografa en las pginas finales del libro. Este es mucho ms que un libro de fotografas de un viaje por tierras extranjeras. En todo l hay un inconfundible lazo emocional entre los galeses y los temas de las fotografas, as como una misteriosa atraccin que nos hala a todos hacia ese otro mundo. Gomer Press nos brinda un regalo de Navidad ideal para aquellos que deseen revivir sus propias experiencias en Patagonia, al igual que para aquellos que suean con visitarla por primera vez. Rhisiart Arwel Gellir defnyddio'r adolygiad hwn at bwrpas hybu, ond gofynnir i chi gynnwys y gydnabyddiaeth ganlynol: Adolygiad oddi ar www.gwales.com, trwy ganiatd Cyngor Llyfrau Cymru. It is possible to use this review for promotional purposes, but the following acknowledgment should be included: A review from www.gwales.com, with the permission of the Welsh Books Council. -- Welsh Books Council

About the Author

Ed Gold took his first photograph at the age of eight, and has carried a camera with him ever since. Born in London and raised in Essex and Istanbul, he moved to north Wales in 1999, fell in love with the landscape and became a full-time photographer 10 years ago. Ed obtained a degree in design and an MA from Central St Martins College of Art and Design. A fiercely motivated self-starter, he has travelled the world taking photographs, driven not by commercial gain, but by the desire to preserve in pictures the culture, tribes, communities, customs, traditions and minorities that fuel his passion and his creative intuition. He published Patagonia: Byd Arall / Otro Mundo / Another World with Gomer in July 2012.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Patagonia: Byd Arall / Otro Mundo / Another World 18 April 2013
By Ed Gold - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Pictures from the heart of Welsh life in Patagonia

A photographer who spent two and a half years taking 16,000 pictures of Welsh descendants in Patagonia has had his work published in a book.

Llanberis based Ed Gold's trilingual book Patagonia - Byd Arall / Otro Mundo / Another World, published by Gwasg Gomer,is a fascinating and culturally important photographic collection from his time living in South America - documenting the lives of the descendants of the Welsh colonists.

During his stay he lived among the local community in Gaiman and also travelled to villages with Welsh connections and photographed intriguing people in their homes, at work and in their free time.

The text in the 180-page book on the history and lives of the colonists is written in three languages, Welsh, English and Spanish.

Ed, 43, who moved to north Wales from Essex in 1999, said: "For years I had this feeling that I could find in South America something I had been yearning to photograph for years - a chance to go back in time and explore a fascinating part of Welsh history on the other side of the world."

He took his first photograph at the age of eight, and has carried a camera with him ever since. Born in London and raised in Essex and Istanbul, he moved to north Wales after falling in love with the landscape and became a full-time photographer.

"One of the main reasons for me moving to Wales was the interesting characters and inspiring landscape, which I immediately began to document with my camera. I had known of the existence of a Welsh community in Patagonia since I was quite young and, every now and then, I'd hear twinkling snippets of information about this part of Welsh history beyond Wales."

Settlers from Wales famously moved to this corner of Argentina to establish a colony in 1865, and now the fourth and fifth generations carry on the story of a unique chapter in Welsh history.

The social documentary photographer, who learnt to speak the local Castellano dialect during his trip, added: "I received unprecedented access to their community and I found myself becoming immersed into their way of life. I think it's important as a social documentarian to become part of what your recording - I can't just turn up as a tourist and expect to take these meaningful images - I have to live and breath their everyday lives."

"As well as witnessing a strong Welsh presence everywhere, with street and shop signs, flags, car stickers and people's names, I was conscious of hearing as much Welsh as in north Wales, if not more. I attended funerals where moving Welsh hymns were sung; there were micro, mini and youth eisteddfodau in Welsh as well as the main annual one. Neighbours would warmly greet one another in Welsh and use nicknames, and although Castellano is used more on the street, there is an emphasis on the children of Welsh descendants learning and practicing Welsh in the home."

A fiercely motivated photographer, Ed has travelled to far-flung countries such as Ukraine, Afghanistan and Alaska taking photographs, driven not by commercial gain, but by the desire to preserve in pictures the culture, tribes, communities, customs, traditions and minorities that fuel his passion and his creative intuition.

Ed's work can be viewed online at [...] He is sponsored by PENTAX Cameras and Snugpak Clothing and Equipment.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Very useful...in a sense 16 April 2013
By TaffToff - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Where to start with this book: as a photographic collection its awful, as a review or insight into another culture it again falls very short. It has the familiar ring of other government funded artistic endeavors...freeloading and desperation. This book does however do wonders in other areas. As a toilet paper substitute it is surprisingly absorbent, perfect for an emergency. It's is also very useful in the living room, not as a coffee table adornment, but as the base later for a winter fire. Why waste good newspaper when publications like this burn so much better? If you hate someone, get them this book for Christmas and they will never talk to you again. Job done.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Hypocrite 16 April 2013
By Dylan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Coming from someone who has made a living out of Wales and the Welsh perhaps Mr Gold would like to perhaps take this opportunity to explain these feelings, because at this moment in time his book would be the last one I would think of purchasing alongside Mine Kampf, written by another racist thug who entered a neighbouring country with his ideals.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A Bigot's Vision 16 April 2013
By Rich - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Just how seriously are we to accept the vision of a self-professed hater of his subject? Any view of a Welsh community, offered by someone who characterizes the Welsh as "... vain, hateful, cruel, ignorant, arrogant and plain stupid." has to be considered as simple propaganda. This work should share the dustbin with Fred Leuchter's Holocaust denial, and similar, revisionist claptrap.
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