Moving to the Algarve close to a preserved stretch of Atlantic Ocean coastline changed not only my location, but also me as a person. Living in such a beautiful natural environment has developed my love for it and an awareness of the urgent need to protect it.
“Eco” is a word being bandied about in every aspect of business. I myself find it difficult to understand how a photography service can be “ecological” when it uses top-of-the-range digital cameras, back-up cameras and many other electronic items. As well as plastic “consumables” Cds, DVDs and of course printing.
Despite these challenges and necessary evils I am striving to work as an ecological photographer. I try to weave ecological mindedness into other aspects of my work and life, to aim to preserve the environment in which I live.
For example, all food props on my property shoots are sourced locally by local producers and farmers supporting our community and come without all the unnecessary plastic packaging found in chain grocery stores.
I switch my computer off when I’m not using it and unplug it so as not to waste electricity and use rechargeable batteries for my cameras and other equipment. I am respectful of my water use and severely limit my use of single-use plastic items. I continue to learn and grow and have in the last couple of years become vegetarian.
I am currently researching a way of printing images with less impact.
Through living in the Algarve, I’ve been inspired by a rural and more sustainable approach to tourism and life and the sense of community and respect not only for nature, but for the people this type of lifestyle encourages.
I have created photography work which has gone on to be published to raise awareness of plastic pollution.
If you are running a more down-to-earth business and want a photographer who understands your appreciation for a more eco-minded way of life and approach to business, I am the right person for the job.