rural life

Alia Gurli

Alia Gurli

In the middle of July, I was on an assignment with Visit Faroe Islands, exploring rural life within føroyar; learning about sustainability, culture and island life all across the small archipelago. During my stay here, I heard about Gurli’s jewellery company, and how she used sheep horn as the sole material to work with. This quickly sparked my interest, and I was immediately drawn to contact the person behind the business.

Coincidentally, Gurli had wanted a complete rebrand of her website for a while, so the timing was perfect. We planned to meet in October and organise a new, professional look for Alia Gurli, with a clear and minimalistic website design, and product photography to accompany.

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Foraging on Skye // Scottish Sporting Journal

Foraging on Skye // Scottish Sporting Journal

FORAGING ON SKYE

In August 2017 I found myself driving to a beautiful Western Isle on the coast of Scotland for a day visit. To this day, this location continues to be a popular tourist destination, and is well known for its dramatic cliffs, its infamous lookout bothies and its unpredictable weather. Over the last couple of years, I’ve attempted to return to Skye for a longer stay. Unfortunately, something has always happened to cancel the trip i.e an allergic reaction and then Storm Ali.

When I was approached by Scottish Sporting Journal to visit this place in a slightly different way, I jumped at the opportunity. This was a dream pitch for me, aligning with my exploration into Rural Life photojournalism perfectly. The brief was as follows:

To shoot and write the Skye foraging feature with Mitchell Partridge of Skye Ghillie, capturing the beauty of the island and this ethical, back-to-nature practice.

You can order the full first edition online here.

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Icelandic Search & Rescue

Icelandic Search & Rescue

I first visited Iceland in April 2016, and instantly fell in love with the desolate landscapes, dramatic volcanos, mountains, glaciers and waterfalls. I returned in February 2018 with a group of friends, and our trip was stumped by constant snowstorms and closed roads. Towards the end of our trip, we got stuck near Geysir, along with around 100 other vehicles. Luckily, we were saved by local volunteers of the search and rescue, and managed to take refuge in a nearby town hall with some other stranded people. We spoke with our rescuers and took some pictures with them before we all convoyed back towards Selfoss. We were only stranded for 10 hours, which isn’t really a long time, but we were all pretty anxious at the time, especially when our cars radiator stopped worked. Throughout the rest of 2018, I looked back fondly at the extreme experience, and decided it was time to dive into documenting the search and rescue team.

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