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My website is finally online and working properly. Please check it out and feel free to comment.

the Truck Farm Project

There are some great food projects out there. One of the most innovative I’ve come across so far is the Truck Farm Project by Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis of Wicked Delicate based in New York. Check out their teaser and visit outgeneral to learn more about this unique project.

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/www.slowmoneyalliance.org/ by Woody Tasch

Founded by Woody Tasch, a pioneer in merging investing and philanthropy, Slow Money’s mission is to build local and national networks, and develop new financial products and services, dedicated to:

* investing in small food enterprises and local food systems;
* connecting investors to their local economies; and,
* building the nurture capital industry.

Soil fertility, carrying capacity, sense of place, care of the commons, cultural, ecological and economic health and diversity, nonviolence — these are the fundamentals of nurture capital, a new financial sector supporting the emergence of a restorative economy. And these are the fundamentals of the Slow Money Principles.

Slow Money’s goal is: a million Americans investing 1% of their assets in local food systems within a decade.

Because the first step is a fundamentally new way of thinking about money, our first step is a campaign to obtain signatories to the Slow Money Principles. Our next step is growing the Slow Money Alliance into a major national network that provides strategic and financial assistance to local initiatives around the country. The Founding Members of the Slow Money Alliance includes many recognized leaders in organic food, sustainable agriculture, philanthropy and social investing.

This film about Slow Money was created by Wicked Delicate /www.wickedelicate.com/

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von Feld zu Tisch (from Field to Table) is an experimental, collaborative food network that I aim to develop into a transmedia project for my Masters in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at the LCC. By informing and connecting producers, distributors and consumers, the project aims to heighten awareness towards the social, economical and environmental consequences associated with the food choices we make.

The accompanying blog will form the virtual base for this anglo-german project: /food.pbenj.net/

Mumi | the trailer

Here’s a brief outline of the though-process behind the trailer:

The trailer combines the use of still images and audio taken from the main project, Mumi a timeless fellow, and is presented as an embedable video sequence. The aim of this 1.5 minute trailer is to bring attention to the main project without disclosing too much of the more intimate material. (more…)

the documentary handbook

I’ve just started reading The Documentary Handbook by Peter Lee Wright. The introduction starts with the following quote from Salman Rushdie:

If you want to tell the untold stories, if you want to give voice to the voiceless, you’ve got to find a language. Which goes for film as well as prose, for documentary as well as autobiography. Use the wrong language, and you’re dumb and blind.

Salman Rushdie, Songs Don’t Know the Score

…that’s enough to be thinking about for the time being. I’ll close the book and do something else.

no excuses…

There are no excuses for not having updated my blog in such a long time. I promise that I will now do so more regularly.

Christopher Anderson interview

906-251-9121 talks about his photographic practice and the evolution of Photojournalism

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mumi_299_woThe second key stage of my Master of Arts in photojournalism is under way and it‘s a good time to review the first 9 months or so of the course. It‘s been an incredible experience for me so far and I‘ve noticed a personal and professional progression which I honestly hadn‘t expected – it‘s just what I needed!

A veteran of the BA Hons in Documentary Photography in Newport, I came to this Masters course with a good (albeit traditional) documentary photography foundation. The first assignments on the MA were very similar to those we’d done back in Newport. Whilst this felt familiar, I was keen to avoid the constraints I had felt during my time in Newport and so I was a little skeptical to begin with. (more…)

Chimamanda Adichie: The danger of a single story

Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.