Ragadawn with Skye Atlas Arts

Wonderful experience watching and photographing the dawn performance on Skye last week, Ragadawn with Atlas. Quite a sublime and unique start to the day.

Fractured Stories finalist

I’m pleased to be shortlisted for Fractured Stories, a commission to document fracking in the UK run by the British Journal of Photography supported by Ecotricity, and I’m in good company.

The Shortlisted 8 are:

Néha Hirve

Jack Latham

Rhiannon Adam

Sadie Catt

Sophie Gerrard

Tadas Kazakevičius

Miguel Proença

Toby Smith

 

It’s encouraging to read here that the BJP consider my work Drawn to The Land one of the standout submissions.

 

From the BJP:

“An exclusive British Journal of Photography commission will give one photographer the opportunity to capture the untold stories surrounding fracking in the UK.

The final shortlist for Fractured Stories has been decided. For this exclusive British Journal of Photography commission, supported by Ecotricity, one photographer will undertake a six week project exploring fracking across the UK.

Fracking has long been a major issue throughout the US. Although the UK has large shale gas reserves, not a single well has been fracked since a ban on the process was lifted in 2013. However, this year has seen renewed efforts by the government to encourage the development of drill test sites throughout England. On 24 July 2018 the shale gas firm Cuadrilla was given the go ahead by the UK government to begin fracking at a well in Lancashire, propelling the subject back into the spotlight.

Over the six week project period, from mid-August to the end of September 2018, the competition winner will have the opportunity to develop their own creative approach to exploring this pressing issue. Looking beyond the headlines, the resulting body of work should approach the subject from a new perspective.

The judging panel – comprising Agata Bar, editorial director of NOOR Photo Agency; Izabela Radwanska Zhang, assistant editor of British Journal of Photography; and Dale Vince, OBE, founder of Ecotricity  – will now deliberate over which photographer should be selected for the commission.

Look out for an announcement of the winner, to be published on BJP’s website, in late-August.”

 

Truffle Hunting for FT Weekend Magazine

The good folks at the FT, Emma and Josh commissioned me in March to go truffle hunting – a secret location, a highly skilled spaniel and a valuable treasure to find… what’s not to like?

So it was that I spent a very enjoyable day with Joyce the huntress, Maxwell the spaniel and Dr Paul Thomas, a scientist who has made the study of this elusive fungus his life’s work, and the growing of them his business. Alas there were no truffles to be found that day … however it’s a joy being asked to shoot film for editorial clients, here’s the resulting tearsheet and some outtakes.

Read the full article here

 

 

Dr Paul Thomas with Joyce and her truffle hunting dog Maxwell. One of the world’s most expensive ingredients has been cultivated near Edinburgh in early 2018 after a sever-year wait. Researchers from Mycorrhizal Systems Ltd teamed up with local farmers to cultivate the summer or burgundy truffle. This is the first time the ingredient has been successfully cultivated in Scotland. Researchers believe the potential to cultivate truffles is increasing as a result of climate change. The summer or burgundy truffle is one of the most expensive delicacies in the world, with prices this season exceptionally high and reaching as much as £900 per kilogram. Truffles are prized for their intense flavour and aroma, but their natural habitat in continental Europe has been affected by drought due to long-term climate change. The truffle industry is projected to be worth £4.5 billion annually in the next 10 to 20 years. The first harvested Scottish truffles were used for further training but the largest, which weighed 45 grams, was received by chef Tom Kitchen of the Michelin-starred The Kitchen restaurant in Leith…

 

 

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