A wildlife haven is so much more than a Site of Special Scientific Interest: the emotions of a nocturnal trip down the Rio Papaturo.
It seems to have become commonplace for us to read and write about competition between human beings and nature: the war against weeds, beating the bugs or battling against the elements.
Words have the power to direct our actions, and not just the words of other people. Those that we speak to ourselves are a key driver to action or, in many cases, inaction.
Mahatma Gandhi once said that “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony”.
But how many of us think one thing and say or do another? Feelings of fear, guilt or obligation often get in the way. Or sometimes simply the business of living.
Whilst up in Scotland a couple of weekends back I took the opportunity to add an extra day for a visit to Cream of Galloway, David and Wilma Finlay’s farm at Rainton near Castle Douglas. I had been introduced to the farm by the Sustainable Food Trust, who were keen to have some images of the farm to use in a blog feature later this year.
A fearless swan content to allow me to approach very close, a crane who very helpfully perched on a gate post whilst I captured him on film and a blue tit feeding in bullrush seeds
Keen to take advantage of a sunny and dry morning, a combination which has been somewhat rare in the West of England of late, I took myself off to Catcott Nature Reserve on the Somerset Levels yesterday.
My penguin friend (pictured here admiring freshly baked beetroot bread the other week) represents my voice, my inner child. He smiles at me when I am low. He is patient for me when I need time to think. He reminds me of the simple pleasures in life. And he helps me to formulate questions which need asking.
I believe that our lack of compassion for each other is at the heart of today’s sustainability issues. It’s about our interaction with other members of the human race, not just our interaction with the natural world.
I am very excited to launch my new website and, with it, a change in direction for my work. The website is still very much a work in progress, but it felt right to launch it as such. My photography is also a work in progress so both can now evolve hand in hand!
The Bristol hub is one of the newest offshoots of the UK Gleaning Network. I joined them on their second glean, to a farm in Gloucestershire where tonnes of apples were about to go to waste.
“Tom Hunt’s Forgotten Feast is a roaming restaurant that supports the ugly, the unwanted and the unloved. It creates an unforgettable celebration of taste that champions the use of wild foods, wasted foods and foods that have been forgotten or ignored by the modern world.”
“Feeding the 5000 is a campaign that aims to empower and inspire the global community to enact positive solutions to the global issue of food waste. Feeding the 5000 is also the name of the campaign’s flagship event where 5000 members of the public are given a delicious free lunch using only ingredients that otherwise would have been wasted.”
I was invited to shoot the most recent Feeding the 5000 event, held in Nottingham in October 2014, as part of my photography work with the Sustainable Food Trust.
It’s over for another year. One of the greatest music festivals in the world, and it takes place right on my doorstep.
I love it. There is something for everyone. A chance for us all to let our hair down, express our personalites and have a great party.
I had the pleasure recently of spending a day with Patrick Holden, at his dairy farm on the West coast of Wales, to fulfil a brief for the Sustainable Food Trust who needed some images of him for media purposes. Patrick played a significant role in the growth of the organic movement in the UK through his involvement with the Soil Association in the 1990s. More recently he has set up the Sustainable Food Trust in response to a need he perceived to deal with a wider range of challenges than those being addressed by organic practises alone.
Bank Holiday Monday saw me covering a rather different sort of event to my more usual weddings and birthday celebrations. I had been asked to document the Sustainable Food Trust’s gathering for an Eat-In to promote Bristol’s food movers, growers and chefs.
I was struck by this article in today’s Guardian Sustainable Business Blog: The Galway pub with free beer for those who lend a hand.
It tied in neatly with a recent article by Lakshal Perera in the March edition of Professional Photographer. The article is not on-line as yet but I will post a link here if it becomes available.
Had lunch yesterday with Jane Bown, the legendary black and white portrait photographer who has worked for The Observer for many years. Jane’s work is a great inspiration to me and of a style and quality that I strive to emulate. For those who aren’t familiar with her work please follow the link below for further background.