Ryan Dodgson uses just a normal Samsung phone to capture a unique snapshot of rural Wales
Ryan Dodgson starts his Amazon delivery rounds at sunrise and is often on the road until sundown — so he gets to see lots of Wales when everyone else is either still in bed or still at work.
There are moments when the mountains peep through morning mist or when the setting sun catches the hillsides that simply make Ryan pull over and take a picture of the “breath-taking” beauty.
The results are mesmerising and offer a beautiful snapshot of daily life in rural south Wales, all taken with just a simple Samsung phone camera.
The former financial worker who was “worn down” by the demands of the brutal industry says he’s found the perfect job which allows him to indulge his passion for photography.
Ryan, who grew up in Blackwood where his family still live, starts his day driving over the Severn Bridge to pick up his parcels from the Amazon depot in Bristol. Then he heads back over the border to all the houses and villages scattered across Brecon, the Wye Valley, Monmouthshire and Abergavenny.
“Sunrise and sunset are the best time to take photos,” says Ryan.
“All the lighting is done for you, you just have to point and shoot. I love it at 6am in the morning with the sun rising and I think not many people will have driven past that. It’s quite a magical moment to experience.”
His job takes him to some amazing locations too and he gets an intimate, albeit brief, insight into lives.
“I get to see parts of Wales that people don’t get to see and I love it,” adds Ryan, who spent 15 years working in the fast-paced financial sector in Asia before moving back to his homeland.
“I wish Amazon would give me more time because I would love to take more. I love being back in Wales. The scenery that I get to experience makes me feel quite emotional at times and it’s breath-taking.
“Sometimes I think it’s a sight to behold and I just have to take a picture. Wales has so much to offer – I feel blessed to be able to see this. I just wish I had proper equipment to do it proper justice.”