From The Archive No:30

January 06, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

RD-RUTH0013RD-RUTH0013Ruth Jones, writer and star of BBC comedy Gavin and Stacey is pictured dressed as a human statue, head to toe in silver during filming for the second series of Gavin and Stacey in Barry, South Wales, today.
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So much in life is about timing and that is particularly true when it comes to photography. Usually it's about hitting the shutter release at the right moment or being in the right place at the right time. 

I thought I was on to a winner when I stumbled across filming of the second series of TV comedy Gavin and Stacey in Barry in November 2007. Back then my work was split 50/50 between press and corporate and selling news and celebrity images to the national papers was a big part of what I did.

The sight of Welsh actress Ruth Jones covered from top to toe in silver paint for a scene where she played a statue was in my opinion going to be a nice little earner. I'd watched the first series on BBC3 and loved it but what I didn't bargain for was the apathy shown by every national newspaper picture desk. Gavin And Stacey was yet to become a hit and was virtually unknown to the world outside of Wales. Not a single show anywhere.

Had I come across this scene twelve months later when Gavin, Stacey, Smithy and Nessa had become household names then it would have been a different story. Twelve years on and the shows Christmas special was a record breaker and filming around Barry last summer drew crowds of onlookers and fans from around the country.

With this particular shot I was in the right place just twelve months early. 

The full set of pictures can be viewed at: https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/p327201334


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