The hills of North Wales have been transformed by the large-scale extraction of slate; its mass manipulation spawning towns and communities, its dissemination satisfying a global demand.

The landscape bears the scars of this conquest, and nurtures stories of its making. A past dependence on the rock continues to shape the human narratives unfolding within these hills and valleys.

Meanwhile, on distant rooftops of towns and cities forged by the very same forces of industry, the dwindling vestiges of these mountainsides endure amongst the glass, concrete and steel.

Photography - Mario Popham
Embossed rubbings - Tom Baskeyfield