“The true harvest of my daily life is somewhat as intangible and indescribable as the tints of morning or evening. It is a little star-dust caught, a segment of the rainbow which I have clutched.”
Henry David Thoreau
This project has been inspired by the folk we meet out on the estuary. Some are carrying cameras like us, or binoculars. Some are walking their dogs, others just walking. Some have guns on their shoulders, some are out to tend their boats or trawl for cockles. Others are carrying huge bags full of kit, for kite surfing or paragliding. I think we’re all essentially there for the same reason though, we’re feeding our biophilia.
In the 160 years since Henry David Thoreau went to the woods to write Walden, the complex interactions between ourselves and our environment have been the subject of much research. There is strong evidence that time spent in nature promotes positive lifestyle choices, mental and physical health, empathy and altruism; yet many people struggle to find the time. What is it that motivates people to get out there? How can we spread this good disease?
Archive This website will become an online archive of stories, images, historical data, we hope much more. A hub for estuary folk, but an interesting cultural artefact besides.
We will begin by posting some stories of our own and some from the people we know who have long histories on the estuary. They'll also be images, video clips, perhaps other art; ultimately we’ll open it up to user content, linking in with social media, to become a community resource with a long term future.
Education Taken together, the various parts of the Sands of Dee project will form an excellent resource for a variety of educational applications. Taking inspiration from Björk’s Biophilia album and the associated educational project, we plan to support educational users as best we can. The series of short films especially lends itself to this application, each could have a lesson (or talk, or a guided walk) built around it. We will make available a variety of material to help facilitate such uses. The community will hopefully provide additional resources through the Sands of Dee archive. We hope that this engagement will feedback into our film projects, and we hope we can inspire a few future biophiliacs along the way.