Off the Beaten Track: A Glimpse Inside Low-Impact Community Living
Amanda Jackson & Jonathan Goldberg
Many of us will have imagined what a simpler way of life might be like. Perhaps we envisage a smallholding with chickens and a vegetable patch, or to build and live in an eco-house constructed from reused materials that is energy efficient. It is easy to romanticise a life lived in harmony with nature, but what is the reality really like?
Photographers Jonathan Goldberg and Amanda Jackson have spent months independently documenting everyday life in two communities that have evolved around sustainable living: Jackson at Lammas Ecovillage in North Pembrokeshire, Wales, and Goldberg at Grow Heathrow in the village of Sipson in Middlesex, close to Heathrow Airport.
United by their respective desires to explore, show, and celebrate low-impact community-based living in the UK, Goldberg and Jackson decided to work together to produce the new exhibition, Off the Beaten Track at Oriel Colwyn gallery. On show are prints from Goldberg’s The Runway Stops Here (Grow Heathrow) and Jackson’s To Build A Home. The exhibition not only offers a glimpse into what life is like in each of these unique communities, but also explores the similarities and differences between them. Both came to be around seven or eight years ago and are home to people that have turned away from mainstream society; yet each community has evolved in its own way.
Off the Beaten Track runs 9 October - 31 December 2017
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Images © Amanda Jackson & © Jonathan Goldberg