Monthly Archives: January 2014

Diggin’ It, Plymouth, 21st January, 2014

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Diggin’ It is a charity that aims to support schools and isolated members of the community in the development and sustainability of gardens using organic techniques.

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Dave Smith, Education Outreach Worker and only full-time, paid member of staff at Diggin’ It, Penlee.

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Chili plant varieties are a favorite crop as the community is able to use them in different ways, such as to make dyes, chili powder, jams, oils, or to use them as they are.

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The Disco Shed will be a place for school children to learn how to grow plants all year round without the use of sunlight. This was the idea of a volunteer who saw the technique used in a space station.

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As well as rearing chickens for eggs, their manure is used in aquaponics to cultivate plants symbiotically.

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Beth De Tisi, Exeter Northcott Theatre Wardrobe

The Exeter Northcott Wardrobe is one of a hand few of professional and original theatre wardrobes left in the country.

Since the steady decline of theatre arts funding nationwide, many wardrobes have been forced to close and sell their historic archive of costume, from original nineteenth century dress to handmade costume by skilled seams-people. (maybe this is why ‘vintage fashion’ is now so popular…?)

Beth de Tisi, Wardrobe Manager, has fought to keep the Northcott wardrobe a working and fully functional space and has succeeded. She is now employing volunteers to help sort through the hundreds of interesting items in return for theatre tickets and is preparing for the exciting new year projects ‘Jeruselum’ and ‘The Day We Played Brazil’.

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All images © Amy Romer, 2014

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Christian Orthodoxy in Cornwall – portraits of Father Raphael

For our Christmas assignment ‘The Portrait Element’ I wanted to explore non-mainstream religious ceremonies that people in the UK may not be educated about.

After searching the local possibilities, I was told about the Orthodox Community in Cornwall and apparently the church was close by.

Although Christianity is the second largest religion in the world, seldom do we know about Eastern Orthodoxy in our Western cultures.

I attended the 5th January sunday ceremony – The Divine Liturgy and The Great Blessing of Waters with Father Raphael Hawkes, who gave me permission to photograph him taking the ceremony, giving me an insight to his faith and to Orthodox ceremonies.

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All images © Amy Romer, 2014

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5×4 Studio Spotlight

A visit from my Dad in December gave me the opportunity to kindly offer him the chance to acquire a 5×4 large format studio head shot for Spotlight, in return for being my studio guinea pig for the day.

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All images © Amy Romer, 2014

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Burtynsky’s photographs are the the industrial landscape sublime.

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© Edward Burtynsky, Oil Fields #2, Belridge, California, USA, 2003,

To view a photograph by Edward Burtynsky is to be silenced. To be awestruck by beauty but to fear what it is that is beautiful. To be terrified and at the same time overwhelmed by the vastness of its content. To feel empowered, yet somehow powerless. Most of all it is to feel absolutely insignificant…

Full essay to be published soon.

Words by Amy Romer

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