The lammas projecT
by Heather Birnie and Amanda Jackson
Heather Birnie and Amanda Jackson are both photographers and friends of The Lammas Project in Pembrokeshire. The Lammas Project is an eco village consisting of 9 small holdings, all promoting the principles of low impact development, sustainability and environmentally conscious living. Heather Birnie is a freelance photographer based in Carmarthen, and her practice focuses on sustainable living and visual storytelling. Amanda Jackson is a freelance photographer who frequently spends time in the Pembrokeshire area and her passion is capturing sustainable living and environmental issues. Here in Wales, low impact development is recognised by the Welsh Planning system, and the Lammas Project was given planning permission by the Welsh Government in 2009. Ever since, the residents of the eco village have worked hard to manage their land, build their homes and develop their livelihoods. Both Amanda and Heather have visited Lammas over a number of years and have each created photo series, Heather with ‘Eutopia’ and Amanda with ‘To Build a Home’.
‘To Build a Home’
by Amanda Jackson
Amanda’s photos depict life at the Lammas Eco Village in Pembrokeshire, Wales. It’s a site that the photographer visited twice in 2010 to photograph and was so taken with 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 the land in a community made up of 9 small holdings. This is immediately evident in photos depicting homes at Lammas that have been moulded using materials sourced predominately from nature.
We are privileged to be let in through a tiny crack in the eco-doorway for a loving 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.
by Heather Birnie
Heather's series Eutopia focuses on Simon and Jasmine Dale’s smallholding and considers the role of utopia in metamodernism.
‘An increasingly widespread disenchantment with modern ways of living, coupled with a perceived distance between individuals and their core values, today’s cultural mode sees a collective desire for change. A resurgence in hope and romanticism turns my attention to a vision of an achievable alternative, using pragmatic idealism to create a good place, a home’.
Eutopia has been exhibited at Blackall Studios, London (2015) and was selected by Richard Billingham for the Graduate 2015 show at the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff.
For the past 4 years, Lammas residents Simon and Jasmine Dale have been lovingly handcrafting their family home using natural and recycled materials and were recently featured on Channel 4’s Grand Designs. Last month, a devastating fire broke out and their family home was destroyed. Heather and Amanda want to help Simon and Jasmine rebuild their lives, and so have launched a print sale to raise funds for the family to help them rebuild their lives in whatever way is right for them. All profits from our print and postcard sales will go directly to Simon and Jasmine.
If you’d like to help, please follow the link below to our Crowd Funder campaign.