The stories from the people involved in this volume simply astounded us. We went in search of inspiring individuals, and came back with our ideas challenged and perspectives broadened. Paraphrasing Nick Hand, cyclist and storyteller (pg. 14), ‘people are quite often extraordinary without even realising it’, which is definitely true of those that we met in the making of this volume.We all have stimuli, and inspirations can be so varied; so subjective, and so personal. It is the people that we met – those that drive the stories and bring the features to life – that truly inspire us. From fumbling around limestone caves 200 feet underground in search of ochre pigment with a seventh generation miner (pg. 74), to clambering up rock-faces with boulder-climbers (pg. 82), to grazing on the urban landscape with an urban forager (pg. 22), to tending to bees on London’s high-rise tower blocks with an enthralled beekeeper (pg. 28) – these people are passionate and enthusiastic about what they do, and it is often their fervid spirits that most excite us.
Murray Ballard, Nick Hand, Jody Daunton, Emli Bendixen, Cindy Ruch, Bryan Schutmaat, Greg Funnell
Louise Byng, David McMillan, Adam Batchelor, Louise Wyatt
Louise Byng, Alec Dudson, Rachel Maria Taylor, Jody Daunton, Lyndon Ashmore, Cindy Ruch, Ivana McConnell