Selected and commissioned from an open call by FotoDocument, ten emerging and established photographers have created ten photo essays in response to each of the ten principles of One Planet Living, a sustainability framework created by Bioregional, and adopted by the city of Brighton & Hove.
Showing in key public spaces across the city, the exhibitions will remain in place for ten months. All the works have been made over summer 2014 and the photographers have been supported by environmental specialists at Brighton & Hove City Council and other One Planet Living partner organisations.
The project has been conceived, commissioned and curated by FotoDocument in partnership with Photoworks and Bioregional and supported by Arts Council England.
Other FotoDocument funders, sponsors and key partners include: Brighton & Hove City Council, Ernest Cook Trust, E.ON, Southern Rail, Earth & Stars Pub, Freegle, Spectrum, Standard8, 7creative, Green Sea Collective, Hogan-Lovells and University of Brighton.
Using sustainable healthy products, with low embodied energy, sourced locally, made from renewable or waste resources
Amanda Jackson: My initial thinking for this project, to concentrate on building work taking place in Brighton & Hove, all changed when I met with Cat Fletcher, a wonder of information about all things sustainable and reducing waste. I learnt more about the reuse side of sustainable materials. As I am primarily a portrait photographer I wanted to include people in the series. I have focused on showing how everyone can get involved with reuse and that it can be fun and imaginative, allowing for the creation of individual pieces, buildings and artwork. The majority of the photos show the people behind reuse in Brighton & Hove.
Emmaus, Drove Road, Portslade, Brighton, BN41 2PA
Land Use and Wildlife
Protecting and restoring biodiversity and natural habitats through appropriate land use and integration into the built environment
Murray Ballard: During this commission I treated people and their conservation work as the main subject matter. My subjects would ask why I was taking photographs of them, rather than the plants, animals and insects they were working with. But it’s people who have shaped the landscape more than anything else since they settled in this part of the world 5,500 years ago. I’ve learnt a lot by doing this project, especially how interconnected everything is in the natural world.
Foredown Tower, Foredown Road, Portslade, BN41 2EW
Making buildings more energy efficient and delivering all energy with renewable technologies
Jason Larkin: Focusing on buildings across Brighton & Hove that have been built or retrofitted to be more efficient, I utilised thermal imaging technology to illustrate the variations in temperature. Where possible I have included surrounding buildings that have not been retrofitted, thus creating a colour contrast between the two different buildings that would never otherwise have been visible with the human eye. The effect of the thermal radiation detected and the use of colour palates produces a striking and different style of image, but also one that references a more technical and scientific aesthetic.
The Lock Crossing, Shoreham Port, Shoreham, BN42 4ED
Local and Sustainable Food
Choosing low impact, local, seasonal and organic diets and reducing food waste
Sam Faulkner: I wanted to tell the stories of a few local food producers. It was important that the food was produced locally, had a sustainable ethos and was for local consumption. The idea was to create three specific images for each food producer, making a series of triptychs. The first image was to be an environmental portrait of one producer or supplier, the second, a shot of the same person holding their produce or an ingredient and the third image an abstract detail or landscape shot of where the product comes from. It really doesn’t take a huge amount of work or additional cost to drastically slash the food miles of most of what you eat.
Open Market, Marshalls Row, London Road, Brighton, BN1 4JS
Encouraging low carbon modes of transport to reduce emissions, reducing the need to travel
Jonathan Goldberg: Such is the wealth of sustainable transport initiatives taking place in Brighton & Hove, that I initially felt overwhelmed at the task of doing justice to this theme in the allotted time. My subjects were an inspiration to me: entrepreneurs prompting positive societal change through risk-taking, determination and dedication, as well as individuals considering the environment in a small but equally meaningful way.
Brighton Railway Station, Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XP
Using water more efficiently in buildings and in the products we buy; tackling local vflooding and water course pollution
Thomas Ball: My intention has been to form a narrative between history, landscapes, people and infrastructure and highlight some of the ways local residents, businesses and the Council are conserving, protecting and recycling water today. Working on this series, I have been reminded about how disconnected many are from where our natural resources come from and where our waste ends up. In the case of water, it is important that we constantly remind ourselves what a vital resource it is and that we can’t take it for granted.
Hove Promenade, BN3 1HL
Reducing waste, reusing where possible, and ultimately sending zero waste to landfill.
Sophie Gerrard: This project began by exploring the numerous waste reduction, recycling and processing projects taking place in and around Brighton & Hove. As I met increasing numbers of creative and committed individuals, it became apparent that the emotional connections and emphasis on community and collective working was an integral driving force. Capturing this element of intimacy and passion was a key part of the project for me.
Waste House Grounds, University of Brighton, 58-67 Grand Parade, Brighton, BN2 OJY
Culture and Community
Reviving local identity and wisdom; supporting and participating in the arts
Syd Shelton: I see myself as a subjective photographic observer presenting a visual argument. My aim was to produce a balanced exhibition reflecting the diversity and inclusivity of Brighton & Hove – my adopted home. I also wanted to find a balance between the street pictures and the more formal set up shots such as the artists, musicians and allotmenteers. I had intended the project to be shot in black and white but by the time I shot the Kempton Carnival on the 7th of June it was obvious that this was a colour project. I shot the whole project on a digital range finder camera because it’s small and almost silent and it enables me to work fast and get in close without people feeling assaulted by the camera.
Brighton Dome Café-Bar Church Street, Brighton, BN1 1UE
& Earth & Stars, 46 Windsor St, BN1 1RJ
& The Level, Rose Walk, BN1 4ZN
Health and Happiness
Encouraging active, sociable, meaningful lives to promote good health and wellbeing.
Valentina Quintano: This project looks at some of the actions people take, as individuals or in groups, to improve their quality of life, like socialising, getting connected, getting active and helping others. I have photographed what people said made their lives feel better; small things, ordinary things and looked at the beauty in those tiny moments, in those ordinary actions, celebrating the initiatives that bring people together to connect and communicate on specific issues, while trying to understand the needs that these actions have arisen from. This essay tries to give elements of reflection starting from the personal and the intimate. It collects a range of voices and ideas.
Sussex County Cricket Club at the Brightonand HoveJobs.com, County Ground, Eaton Road, Hove, BN3 3AN
Equity and Local Economy
Creating bioregional economies that support fair employment, inclusive communities and international fair trade
Nick Waplington: I decided to take my brief for this project quite literally and split the images into the two groups derived from the title and then brought them together to create a confrontational duality. While there is a symbiosis existing between the two, equity in society can exist without direct involvement in the economy, but not vice versa. Human Economy is dependent upon the liberation of resources through equity whether that be human or financial. I looked at the young people of Brighton & Hove today for they are surely the equity of the future. I also tried to find new and ecological businesses to photograph that deal with the edge spaces of the city, businesses working with our natural resources to enhance our engagement with the world, resonating with the images of the young people whose future they are trying to protect.
American Express Community Football Stadium, Village Way, Falmer, BN1 9BL
Open daylight hours, no access on match days.
In partnership with Bioregional, One Planet Living and 7creative.
Read more about this project at the One Planet City website