To Bulid A Home
Festival Exhibition : 9th – 21st October
Amanda Jackson: To Build A Home
Amanda’s photos depict life at the Lammas Eco Village in Pembrokeshire, Wales. It’s a site that the photographer visited twice in 2010 and was so enamoured by it that she moved next to them in early 2011, and ended up buying her own plot nearby. Since then she has been spending time between there and her primary home in Malvern.
The series To Build A Home takes an intimate peak into the lives of the residents who have chosen to turn their backs on a modern conventional lifestyle, choosing instead to live in harmony with nature, in a community made up of 9 smallholdings. This is evident in photos depicting homes at Lammas that have been moulded using materials sourced predominately from the land.
A serene timeless quality pervades throughout Amanda’s images, none more so than in YouTube Friday which, despite its obvious reference to the present day is reminiscent of a bygone age. But is this lifestyle really as idyllic as it seems? The image depicting garden fairies (Hwdl) suggest it all may be a charming dream but the adults living at Lammas know only too well the hand work that this lifestyle entails.
We are privileged to be let in through a tiny crack in the eco-doorway for a tender look at this community, who have fought tooth and nail over planning applications and building regulations to be able to live their low impact lives.
‘To Build A Home’ is exhibited jointly with Jonathan Goldberg’s ‘The Runway Stops Here (Grow Heathrow)’ in the main Oriel Colwyn gallery with an extended show between 9th October – 1st December. It forms part of the free festival content available to all.