About Barry Eveleigh

Ever since I was a kid I have loved photography. Going out with my dad and learning how to use a camera now in retrospect was something I’ll never forget. Wandering around Liverpool with an old 35mm Russian Zenit shooting buildings that have since fallen under the demolition ball and then rushing home to process the images in the makeshift darkroom of a back bedroom all seem distant memories yet are still vividly etched in my mind.

After leaving home and marrying I became fascinated with wildlife and spent many years travelling to Africa visiting countries such as Namibia, Rwanda, Botswana and Tanzania to name a few. It was there I was fortunate to meet some amazing people including National Geographic Photographers Dave and Helene Hamman and primatologist Jane Goodall. Meeting such inspirational people led me to undertake some work with the Dian Fossey Gorilla fund and Jim Cronin’s Monkey World Project. Spending time inches away from Botswana’s Wild Dogs, having camera equipment checked by infant Mountain Gorillas and being chased by Hippos made me realise I was living a dream.

Sadly as he phrase goes all good things must come to an end and myself and my first partner separated. At this point it felt like a period of wandering alone in the wildnerness.

Things began to fit into place again after I met my second partner and now wife Genesis. We discovered not only our mutual love for each other but for history and architecture. Initially we began shooting some small assignments for local companies until one day we came across SAVE Britain’s Heritage an organisation that has campaigned for over 50 years to preserve some of this country’s most iconic and historic pieces of architecture. For the last 6 years I have been privileged to travel the length and breadth of the UK documenting 100s of buildings that have featured in their annual Buildings at Risk publication. Through my documentation featured in these books many a building has been saved from being consigned to the reclamation yard.

Moving to Wales opened up another chapter in my life as I became interested in Welsh chapels and their decline. For the last four years I have been documenting the interiors of chapels that have closed and in 2018 I received an award from the Royal Commission of Ancient and Historical Monuments of wales for my work and some of my work was exhibited at this year’s National Eisteddfod in Llanrwst