I feel a trip to Wolverhampton coming on.
Merthyr is the town that time forgot in the heart of the South Wales, a rich, fruity, friendly and forbidding place for those of us brought up near the brighter lights of Cardiff and Newport.
As a young journalist I spent a week in Merthyr covering a high-profile court case and got to know the town and the people who called it home a whole lot better. It was still a rich, fruity, friendly and forbidding place, but I started to understand it a lot more.
Haines’ photographs capture Merthyr perfectly, as you’d expect from someone born and brought up there.
Once Upon a Time in Wales runs at the Light House from March 20 – May 9 and a book of the same name has been launched by Dewi Lewis Publishing.