MAKERS OF CHRISTMAS
I went out to Finland with Huawei Mobile for a project called Makers Of Christmas. The aim was to seek out and photograph some of the people behind the scenes of Christmas who otherwise go uncelebrated, from nurses and chefs to pine tree farmers. I used their P10 model, the dual lenses of which were engineered with Leica. Click here to find out more.
YAYU FOREST, ETHIOPIA
As one of the last remaining mountain forest fragments of Arabica Coffee in the world, the Yayu Coffee Forest Biosphere in Ethiopia is vital for the preservation and conservation of coffee. The project I worked on aims to conserve one of the last remaining wild coffee forests in Ethiopia and to work with the local people to improve their living standards through teaching them how to produce higher quality coffee.
Produced in collaboration with Union Coffee, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and The Darwin Trust.
THE CALAIS JUNGLE
A series made over the course of 2016 in the refugee camp in northern France.
Following the tragic events of the Genocide in 1994, Rwanda desperately needed economic as well as social stability. It was found in the form of coffee production. Coffee exports make up 60% of the Rwandan economy today.
These photographs show some of the process of how coffee gets from the tree to out tables, and the people and families behind the work.
I went to the Maldives with The Independent and Coco Resorts to explore the growing phenomenon of Eco Tourism. As people become more aware of the damage we are causing the environment, some want assurances when travelling that where they are staying considers the impact it is having on the eco system it is in.
The resort on Dhuni Kolhu Islands grows much of its own food, catches fish responsibly and has a desalination plant on site which greatly reduces the need to import fresh water for guests. The collaborate with a UK based program called the Olive Ridley Project who have built a turtle conservation centre within the grounds of the resort with on site marine biologists.
Pictured below is the beautiful island, but also the locals living on surrounding islands. Many of these people depend on fishing for income and are being educated by the biologists about sustainable fishing and avoiding endangered species such as turtles and dolphins. Because of work like this, turtle numbers in the Maldives are now on the rise. However this is one of the only sites in the world where this is the case.