Talia is a photographer, organiser and aspiring documentary filmmaker based in the UK. She has spent the past 5 years working in organisational and creative roles for a range of environmental and social justice organisations including organising for Exhibition Rebellion and the youth climate movement, participating in frontline environmental defence against deforestation and documenting communities and individuals on the frontlines of the climate crisis in the UK and internationally.
In what ways does nature inspire or inform your work?
I was raised with the understanding that nature is something we are a part of and therefore should cherish and celebrate in the same way we do with friends and family. I have been rejuvenated by nature in more ways and more times than I can keep track of. I find it fascinating the ways in which humans understand themselves as a part of nature, especially as this sentiment grows amongst my own generation in the Global North. Documenting this as a varying, but ultimately universal experience, is one of the main passions and inspirations in my creative work.
What does it mean to you to be part of a thriving ecosystem?
This is something I’m still figuring out as it’s not common, both environmentally and socially speaking. I think we are severely lacking thriving ecosystems to the point that we don’t even know what we’re lacking or should be working towards. What I do know is that community grounding is essential. Connection must be cultivated on the smallest levels, through our relationships with our neighbours for example, in order to make a thriving ecosystem.