“A forest of these trees is a spectacle too much for one man to see.”
- David Douglas (Environmentalist)
The Bury Hill Woods atop of Leith Hill lie just south of Dorking in Surrey. Situated within a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), the AONB’s fine deciduous woodland have considerable ecological importance.
Any AONB should enjoy a level of protection from development similar to those guarding our National Parks, development is totally prohibited unless it is in the “overwhelming national interest ”. Despite this, Licence PEDL143 was granted by the UK Government to Europa Oil and Gas allowing planning permission to drill an exploratory borehole to a depth of 1,400 metres in the middle of Bury Woods. The well is planned for drilling in late 2017 and has been assigned a geological chance of success by Europa of only 1 in 3. Their goal is a long term oil extraction development in the area. Organisations including, amongst others, the National Trust, Campaign to Protect Rural England and the Surrey Hills AONB board have all vigorously and formally objected the planning application.
PEDL143 examines the ongoing scenario at Leith Hill through a collection of images and documents that attempt to collate the beauty and politics of the landscape their, whilst also documenting the anti-drilling camp situated adjacent to the proposed drill site.
Everywhere is somewhere
E s t u a r y
The Dee estuary is playing a part in present-day industries - providing the first stage of transport of the Airbus A380 wings on their way to Toulouse, via barge to Mostyn docks which are located along the estuary towards the Irish Sea. The estuary is an area teeming with wildlife and is one of the most important estuaries in Britain;and amongst the most important in Europe for its populations of wader, wildfowl and Heron.
It's a site of special Scientific interest and is a designated special marine area. The character of the place and what it represents within a moderately middle class town is what I wanted to document, not just the visual qualities of which it has so evidently in abundance.
Côte de Holme Moss - Cycling Reportage (Embrocation Journal)
The Second largest suburb in the world - GIZA
The Second Largest Suburb represents the current state of Giza - the famous suburb of the Giza Plateau. Giza itself is steep in architectural history holding several impressive ancient monuments of the world, including the ancient Egyptian royal mortuary, the sacred structures of the Egyptians and the Great Sphinx, which attracts many worldwide visitors (Roughly 3 Million per year - Pre 2011 Revolution.) The dusty region is the second largest suburb in the world with roughly 6 Million people.
Having survived the overthrow of two governments, the oppressive regime of Hosni Mubarak was toppled in 2011 which led to a period of complete unknown within Egypt. Looting of antiquities at the Giza sites became common with the majority of security personnel transferred to Cairo.
The summer of 2012 welcomed the Muslim Brotherhood into power with Mohamed Morsi acting as the first democratically elected president in Egypt’s history. Just over a year later he was ousted in a Coup d’état that sore one of the largest protest demonstrations in modern times with an estimated 14 million people taking to the streets. The project follows the cross over between tourism, population and political conflict on this hugely important historical