Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Euro Road Trip

Off on a little jaunt round The Bay of Biscay tomorrow, ending in Hossegor for the Quicky Pro. Will be posting updates on my instagram @lugarts so please give that a follow if ya keen

Korev Lager

Here are three shots from a shoot I did with Wavelength Magazine for Korev Lager at the start of this month.

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Saturday, 19 July 2014

A few from pumping Fistral..

Here's two of Lewis Clinton from pumping Fistral the other day.. 

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Coverage of the Nightsurf 2014

Just posted my round up of the 2014 Nightsurf over on the Wavelength Blog, click here to fly there and see it.

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Throwback Thursday...

Throwback to Bali in 2011 and one the most amazing few days shooting I've ever had. Here a perfect one slides through unmolested at Padang Padang.

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Throwback Thursday...

Throwback to one of the best session of this winter just gone, Jobe Harriss throwing buckets with a big forehand gouge.

I just launched a Facebook page called 'The Best of British Surfing' as a place to collate all the best photos and clips from around the British coastline and showcase all the best edits from British Surfers. Click here to head over there now and give it a like if those sound like the kind of things you want on your news feed.

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Throwback Thursday...

Throwback to an amazing evening at Ulu's in 2012. Agus Setiawan off the top at racetracks.

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Food, Bins and Freegans.

Solen raises her head from the bin and turns to me me with a broad smile across her face. “There is soya milk! I  can't even afford to buy soya milk!” she exclaims, before plunging back in, head first, giddy with anticipation for her next discovery. For the last few weeks I have been accompanying Solen, a 21 year old French student currently studying in Plymouth, on her night time dives, as she hunts for salvageable morsels in the bins behind supermarkets. The practice is known as bin diving, and makes up a key part of a growing ideological movement called Freeganism, which began in America in the mid 1990's. Since then It has gathered popularity throughout the UK, particularly in inner-cities, becoming a way for young idealists to express their growing disillusionment with the consumerist system and, unlike other forms of protest, has allowed some to eat entirely for free.

Bin diving is just the latest incarnation of a practice as old as industrialisation itself, beginning with the salvaging of the fruit and vegetables left in fields after the harvest. However Freeganism is perhaps the first time the activity has been appropriated as a form of protest. “I do it because I don't agree with the food wastage crisis” said Solen “Its an environmental, ecological and social catastrophe, because we know the world is full of people, more than 1 billion, who don't have enough to eat.” Whilst most Freegans are aware their actions alone are unlikely to change the world, they are quick to list off the benefits, including preventing unnecessary land fill and undermining a system of conspicuous consumption.

 However, despite these, there are still a few aspects of the practice which will prevent the majority from donning their backpacks, grabbing a torch and heading for the back of Iceland in the dead of night, any time soon. Not least the severe social stigma that remains attached to the activity as it is still largely seen as the behaviour of the marginalised and the homeless. Also the idea of plunging into a bin filled rubbish arouses disgust in many, with the bin being afforded the status of the most deadly of objects in our society, and one we were urged constantly as children to stay away from. In fact our chronic fear of germs and uncleanliness in general, as propagated constantly by, sometimes ludicrously hyperbolas, adverts for cleaning products, is likely to prevent many from ever wanting to take part.

Despite the fact that, when considered logically, there is nothing morally dubious about the practice, and it is, as long as you leave no damage or mess, not illegal, I always felt a nagging feeling that I was doing something wrong when I partook. Perhaps this was the result of deep rooted values, drilled into me by a capitalist society, which dictates anyone getting something for nothing must be acting in a way that is morally reprehensible. This could well be because such an outlook, as frequently exemplified by the right wing media's demonisation of  'scroungers', is a necessity for the continuation of a smoothly running capitalist society.

Whilst most people may not be keen to partake in the dive itself, I am confident that far less people would object to the end product: the recovered food. Usually discarded on the day of its 'best before' date, and still in its original packaging, most of the food seemed not just still edible, but still fresh. So why isn't this food stocked for longer?  Recent research shows that, far from indicating the food is unsafe to eat, the 'best before' dates are indicators as to when the food is at its peak quality, as determined by taste tests run by the food's manufacturers, who's main goal is obviously to get you to purchase as much of their food as possible. Perhaps I've been spending too much time with idealists, but when confronted by the monumental food wastage problem, it doesn’t seem like too much of a leap to envisage a change in legislation, which encourages supermarkets to stock fruit, vegetables, and dried goods, a day or two passed their best before dates.The food could be offered for a reduced price and perhaps feature a label alerting people to the risks of consuming food that might have just begun to go off. If the food truly does reduce in quality noticeably after the 'best before' date has passed, then plenty of consumers would still choose the higher priced, better tasting food. However if the consumer deemed, with their purchasing power, that there was no noticeable change in quality then the supermarket could simply increase the foods shelf life, reducing the waste and saving money. The whole thing could then act as a lovely case study for those touting markets driven by consumer purchasing power as one of the great benefits of the free-market economy.
Until such a time the 'Freegans' will dive on, continuing to reap the rewards of subverting the rigid social constructs that see the rest of us not only paying for our food, but also supporting the current structure of the system and the catastrophic amount of waste it produces.

Thursday, 1 May 2014


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