Environmental Resistance is a UK based collective that I’ve been a member of since mid 2013. We currently comprise of specialists in photography, graphic design and environmental science and our work is carried out on a not-for-profit basis with funding mainly derived from educational institutions and grants. Our objective is to educate, promote and provoke in order to improve the visibility of environmental struggles and to protest against incidents of industrial pollution in the landscape. Our projects also provide me with an alternative perspective to my other freelance endeavours.
These three publications (of which the intention is to publish a total series of 10) are currently on the digital press and due for delivery next week. In this release there is a very small run of 100 books in total – 25 x Project 01: Almásfüzitő: An Index, 25 x Project 02: Mynydd Parys & Afon Goch and 50 x Project 03: No Al Carbone, Brindisi.
All of the typesetting and graphical elements for each book (apart from the cover illustration shown for Project 01) are my contributions to the collective so far. The greatest design challenge of each project for me has been to find a way to represent the scientific analysis in a coherent manner for a non-scientific community, whilst combining the data sympathetically with the photography. Project 03: No Al Carbone, Brindisi is also in Italian and English, which, at times, required some lateral thinking to maintain visual consistency and balance.
All books will be printed on Revive 100 Silk, which is 100% recycled, carbon neutral and conforms to both FSC and European directives, to be as environmentally conscious and ethical as possible. The aesthetic quality of the stock is also very high – enabling excellent colour matching and rendering for type and image.
Although the budget is tight, Project 02: Mynydd Parys & Afon Goch has to be perfect bound in order to accommodate six spreads with throw-outs – designed to communicate the scale of the sampled elements from water and sediment samples compared to the recommended levels shown in the key – and three with French fold that represent an unbroken stream of river data provided by the Environment Agency that live at the back of the book.
Each project has brought a variety of challenges at each stage, so I’m particularly looking forward to seeing the completed books. I’ll update with more images once they have been delivered!