About the Book
The Brecon Beacons were designated a National Park in 1957, joining the other parks of Snowdonia and the Pembrokeshire coast, to help conserve the scenery, culture and landscape of Wales. It is a working landscape of farming and livestock, as well as a cultivated wilderness and a place of extraordinary beauty. The seasons and weather can change in the blink of an eye: there is a huge diversity in the landscape: from the waterfalls of Ystradfellte to the Red Kites of the Mynydd Du and the iconic peak of Pen y Fan in the central Brecon Beacons.
This book is a very personal view of the National Park by Michael Field, a photographer, artist and sculptor who uses digital landscape panoramas to capture the scale of the mountains and valleys. As well as the breadth of the landscape, the book takes in the castles, Iron Age hillforts and the livestock and wildlife that make the Brecon Beacons National Park so special.
I am an artist, photographer and sculptor. I was born in Surrey, England in 1964 and I currently am based in Cardiff, Wales (UK) with my wife Karen. I've always enjoyed painting, drawing, sculpture and then photography and I've always enjoyed being out in the countryside whether this means studying nature, going for a walk or going abroad. After school in Weybridge (Surrey) I completed a Diploma in Art & Design at Epsom College and then a BA (hons) specialising in Painting at West Surrey College (Farnham) . I re-located to the lovely landscape of Wales in 2002, making sure I was near good landscape, good cinemas and a Championship Golf Course (Celtic Manor)! My interests include landscape photography (specialising in panoramas and the Brecon Beacons National Park in South Wales), nature photography (specialising in British and European butterflies) and also golf photography. I sculpted the Ivor Allchurch monument at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea which was unveiled in 2005.