Conservation

My interest is in ‘conservation’ photography – this embraces ‘good news’, ‘humanitarian’, ‘psychology and anthropology’, and ‘contemporary issues’.

  • Drowning Prevention – Rope Throwing
    One of the most effective ways of rescuing someone from drowning, is for someone nearby to throw the individual a rope. Ropes take two forms, plain ones and those in a throw bag. Throwing the plain rope is an international competitive event in lifesaving championships. In an aquatic environment, using a 17m rope, the record ...
  • Grit
    A positive, non-cognitive, psychological trait based on an individual’s passion for a particular long-term goal, and their powerful motivation to achieve it. This “perseverance” is the driving force that allows them to overcome obstacles and challenges. Commonly associated concepts within the field of psychology include “hardiness”, “resilience”, “ambition”, “need for achievement” and “conscientiousness”. In this context, “grit” is ...
  • Objectification
    Treating a person, an animal, and even (under some circumstances) inanimate objects themselves, as an object or a thing with limited rights is known as objectification. There ...
  • Re-use | Environmentally-sound living
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  • Road speed tempering
    [soliloquy id="1471"] The peak age range for pedestrian road deaths in the UK is 5-14, with boys out-numbering girls roughly 2:1. There is a charity campaigning for the introduction of 20mph limits in residential areas, known as “20’s Plenty”, and voluntary signage is now available for these roads. We know that motorists respond to caption-based supplementary ...
  • Smoking cessation
      78,000 people die each year in the UK of smoking-related diseases, let alone globally. Smoking by parents, primarily by the mother, is known to cause prenatal growth problems and infant mortality. The cost to society is considerable. Most countries carry health warnings on tobacco products. Text-based warnings are now considered to be totally ineffective. Those ...
  • Street Harassment
    Very large numbers of women report street harassment, ranging from looks and wolf whistles, to aggressive, sexually-focused assault. In 2013, a Vancouver student, Pomona Lake, produced an image highlighting victim-blaming around skirt length. Her image was subsequently plagiarised by a German women’s group. This mini-project was inspired by Lake’s idea, but the message is targeted differently, written ...
  • Towpath Portraits
    A series of portraits representing the users of towpaths and footpaths adjacent to canals, rivers and similar water-courses. In the UK, a substantial proportion of drownings each year are of these users – few of whom ever intended being in the water. When someone unexpectedly enters water, they are likely to suffer from ‘cold water shock’ ...