You are what you speak

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.

Contemplative boy in buttercup field

Are you living in harmony?

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.

the unbridled joy of childhood

Cream of Galloway: lessons in sustainable farming

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.

Cute newborn lamb in field

A nature reserve all to myself

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.

Calm at Catcott nature reserve, Somerset levels

Time to slow down

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.

Leopard tortoise, Okonjima, Namibia

Feeding the 5000, Nottingham

“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.

huge vat of vegan curry feeding the 5k

Portrait shooting with Patrick Holden

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.

Patrick Holden kissing his cow

A business model to reflect how much you truly care about the world

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.

thumbs up from happy boy

The legendary Jane Bown

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.