Walter Lewis is an independent photographer who spent the best part of 2015 travelling around England and Wales photographing people operating in the ‘indie farming’ space. The aim was to produce a body of work which would both be an archive and provide a basis for stimulating public discussion of food sovereignty related issues. A web archive, book and exhibition is planned. He gives us some background.
The project was born out of a desire to challenge those – the majority – who make minimal effort towards creating a more sustainable and fair world. I am intrigued as to the processes whereby the majority of people will agree there is an environmental problem in the world, but then few of that same majority make worthwhile effort to change their way of life. It is well documented how we create ‘licences’ for continuing as normal by making token changes to the way we live. It is as if knowledge and belief – mind and heart – have become separated.
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