Trevor Griffiths is a photographer whose work over the past thirty years has been celebrated in publications and exhibitions around the world. His autobiography “The Long Road Home” has recently been published in both paperback and digital download @Amazon.co.uk and traces Griffiths life over the past sixty-years. Over this time he has been commissioned to cover stories on the English Aristocracy, some of the great photographers and stories that depicted the diverse lifestyle of UK cultures. In 1998 he travelled to Thailand to cover the street children of Bangkok and whilst covering the story met and documented the work of Krau Prateep in his pictures ‘The Rescuers’.
In 1999 Griffiths was invited to speak about his work to students at a local College and whilst there was encouraged to stay and head the development of their photography programme.
In 2007 he was invited by the British Council to visit Taipei and Moscow on cultural missions and spoke about his work at the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Taipei and also at Moscow University. Griffiths’ skills were demonstrated in 2009 when invited to visit South Korea he identified opportunities for collaboration at key leading South Korean Universities and these continue to build international bridges to this day. In 2010 Griffiths was invited by the British Council to visit India as part of a team exploring opportunities to collaborate with Indian Institutions. His meeting with Whistling Woods International in Film City, Mumbai has allowed Griffiths to gain an insight into the Indian Film Industry and to build lasting relationships with like-minded people. Griffiths continues to work as a photographer and ‘The Long Road Home’ is an honest and open reflection of one person’s journey, a journey that explores the struggles he faced after losing the sight in his eye at a young age, to living on the streets as a child. He is constantly in demand to talk about his life and his achievements and in 2012 was awarded an honorary professorship from the Whistling Woods International Film School.
Griffiths at the age of sixty-five now divides his time between photography and public speaking, in his latest body of work “Disappearing Places he explains that over the past 72 years their have been countless books written and films made that recount the period in our history from 1939 – 1945, when the world was at war. Each one has their own storyline offering us the opportunity to engage in their content and leaving the viewer with a sense of connectedness. As viewers we find we can immerse ourselves as armchair heroes in the bloodiest of conflicts attempting to feel and understand the individual contributions that were made alongside the enormity of the land, air and sea operations that were taking place.
Disappearing Places is a body of Photographic work that revisits many of the sites in the UK, which were often hastily constructed to service an essential need at the time. The work explores and documents the remains of these UK installations, from buildings such as the Valley Works a chemical weapons plant hidden away in the Welsh countryside and kept secret for many years. To the lesser-known or forgotten airfields, whose runways have long since been torn up and used as aggregates for building and repairing the ever expanding motorway networks that crisscross this green and pleasant land. A coast line once littered with concrete bunkers and pillboxes that are now rapidly being taken by coastal erosion and what remains have become canvases for local graffiti artists, leaving their own signature on these iconic concrete structures. Small communities from an ageing population continue to remember and honour the past as they welcome visitors to quiet villages that once bustled with activity as they became the central hub for operations to defend the Artic Convoys that had continued to suffer the most devastating loss of life.
The work aims to help better appreciate and understand the extent of the scarifies that were made by a country, defending itself against invasion for its land and its people and the sacrifices that were made by so many in the hope of a brighter future.
Some of these sites may be familiar, others kept secret for many years, recently to be discovered or made accessible, with many more now recycled or completely disappeared and replaced by alternative uses.