When we knew we were shooting our video for ‘Beloved’ in Port Talbot, we asked Welsh photographer Leia Morrison to capture those often unseen moments on set but also to document her take on the people, places & hidden beauty of the town. Here is a snapshot of her work in her own words.
Port Talbot and its surroundings are often overlooked in the UK, and so being given the opportunity to document the people and places of Port Talbot was both important & really exciting to me. The town has lived through difficult economic times, with the demise of the steel industry taking its toll on the lives of the locals yet Port Talbot holds so much hidden beauty and potential, captured exquisitely in this music video, and hopefully translated in my photographs.
When not on set capturing majestic horses cantering across a deserted Welsh beach or documenting intimate moments of the friendships, on and off camera, I was wandering the streets of Port Talbot; meeting people & getting to know their stories, whilst also capturing their characters in the portraits.
My favourites include one of two young boys on their bikes, in the estate, and a mother with her child outside a shop in the main town. In a world that has become so fast-paced and superficial, I loved taking some time to slow down and really capture the beautifully intimate and timeless moments of everyday life.