“No Work…In Progress”

“There was an eerie atmosphere in the office. A lot of people were being made redundant. That day, one of my colleagues from the engineering department got called into a ‘special’ meeting, so we anxiously waited for him to return. He walked back through the office door and before he said anything, I could tell that he had kept his job. Then another colleague, a good … Continue reading “No Work…In Progress”

“A Flash of Life”

“I was born with a brain condition, but I didn’t know I had it. In 2016, as I was photographing a wedding, I got a devastating headache, collapsed, and my life changed forever. “As a farmer’s daughter, originally, I wanted to rear chickens. When I was eight years old, I started my own egg business. I would go to school carrying a wicker basket full … Continue reading “A Flash of Life”

“The Final Act”

“I hadn’t done any acting since A level drama, but I’d heard about the open auditions for the play Quills through a friend. I arrived out of breath at the Globe in Topsham – having first gone to the Globe in Exeter I had to race across town to get where I was supposed to be. To my surprise I got the part of the tortured priest, the Abbe de Coulmier. Continue reading “The Final Act”

“Rock and Netty”

“During a weekend in July, the majority of my friends went to the Phoenix Festival, but the tickets were too expensive, so I decided to go to a party on Appledore cliffs. Like every self-respecting 19-year-old I wanted to be a rock star. I’d started working on a sound crew—I was carrying gear and twiddling knobs and I was getting quite good. I kept thinking; … Continue reading “Rock and Netty”

“The Big Leap”

“I sat on my bed in a cramped flat in the centre of London and googled ‘Shanghai’. I browsed through pictures of skyscrapers and winding tree-lined streets with washing blowing in the sunshine. The juxtaposition amazed me, and I didn’t know which version of the city was the real one. Now I know… it’s both. “Moving abroad had never been part of my plan. But … Continue reading “The Big Leap”

“My Father and I”

“On our 21st birthday my twin sister organised a party. I had a few drinks with some friends, so I ended up arriving late. The party came to a pause and my father stood up to give a speech. He said, ‘This is my beautiful daughter! I’m so proud of her…’ He then turned and pointed at me, ‘…and believe it or not this is … Continue reading “My Father and I”

“Inspired from Below: Soil, Children and Other Earthy Wonders”

“Most of the ingredients were the freshest people had experienced, some were pulled out of the ground only a few minutes before. uring this community event, we gave groups of people a list of fresh ingredients and set them the task of picking… Continue reading “Inspired from Below: Soil, Children and Other Earthy Wonders”

“Love and a Farm”

“We had a long-distance relationship for four and a half years. My family and I used to stay in a holiday cottage on a farm in Devon. Then one summer when I was 16 the farmer’s son asked for my number. When we later came down to celebrate my father’s 50th birthday, James and I became closer and I decided to give long distance a … Continue reading “Love and a Farm”

“Dancing Back to Me”

“I didn’t know that missing home could be so painful. I was eighteen when I moved to London. I had a boyfriend and friends there, but my first year at the London Contemporary Dance School was a struggle. I’d been dancing my whole life. It was what I dreamt of doing and trained so hard for, but the competitive element was intense. I found that … Continue reading “Dancing Back to Me”

“In Search of a Way”

“I was in Germany and I’d just finished my PhD. Having spent a year in Costa Rica, I’d become a specialist in coral reef ecology. Although there isn’t much money in marine biology research, and very few advertised positions, it was what I really wanted to do. “I’d just met Gernot, so I didn’t feel like moving abroad again right away, so I decided to … Continue reading “In Search of a Way”