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Y Sied

Joshua T Gibbons photographs men and their sheds in the Welsh village of Pyle

Words by Joshua T Gibbons

Located roughly 25 miles west of Cardiff, Pyle is a village in the Welsh county of Bridgend. It is a traditional Labour stronghold and area of proud working class roots. Known for little else other than being the neighbouring village in which the infamous drug smuggler, Howard Marks was born, Pyle is just another small village in South Wales, in which there is little to do and very little happens.

With the lack of distractions, the area’s young people will tell you that it is a deathly boring place to live. Most will attempt to leave as soon as possible seeking employment and educational opportunities in nearby Cardiff and Swansea. If you speak with the older generation though, they’ve a very different attitude. They are content, happy and proud to be a part of this sleepy community in Wales. Many of the men who express this contentment have something else in common, a hobby. These pursuits, that they care for deeply, range from fishing and hunting to astronomy, motorbikes and woodwork. Whatever the endeavor, they will almost always require a space to store equipment or carry out the hobby itself. This area is exclusively their own domain where they will spend countless of hours, days and years. In this part of the world, these little spaces will usually be found at the bottom of the familial home's garden.

This mini-series sets out to capture this generation of men, all lifelong inhabitants of Pyle, within the intimate spaces in which they find so much solace and pride, Y Sied.

“My head is in the shed." - Harry Bentley, RIP.

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