Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

Wishing all of you a very happy Thanksgiving. For those of you who are not familiar with the holiday, it has a very simple premise: to spend the day and share a meal with people you love. To this, you can choose to add special food (traditionally roast turkey, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie…), and some time to appreciate what you have and those you love. And that’s about it. So eat up and enjoy the day.

Last year I spent Thanksgiving on Cape Cod, close to where the Pilgrims first landed (the holiday commemorates their first harvest), and home to abundant wild cranberry bogs. Photos of this beautiful landscape in autumn can be found here.

Photographs of local food producers in Sussex can be found here.

2017 harvest at Breaky Bottom

2017 harvest at Breaky Bottom

Several years ago I worked on a project photographing local food producers around the South Downs area. I really enjoyed the subject matter and was pleased to return to it last weekend when I went to Breaky Bottom Winery to help with the final harvest of the season.

You couldn’t find a more idyllic setting for a vineyard, nestled into a small valley (or

‘bottom’) in the middle of the South Downs, just a few miles from Lewes. In contrast to the pastoral rolling hills, and sheep wandering amongst the grape vines, the ancient barn is fitted out with large metal containers. I always love the chance to photograph people working with shiny industrial equipment. This is Peter Hall, the owner, cleaning the inside of the pressing machine before the last grapes of the 2017 harvest are placed inside. More photographs from this shoot can be found here.

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