I am lucky enough to be involved in the Great Places Lakes and Dales project with consummate professionals FrancisKnight, and accompanied them on a site visit last week. The amazing varied palette of colours and textures, and inspiring people, have brought out a surprising creativity in me, too!
Through rain and mist, sunshine and snow, we moved through ever-changing landscapes; from green satiny pillows of fields, ribboned with silvery drystone walls and tufted with sheep; to smooth slate twisted trunks sprouting from bright green moss, with a green haze of anticipated leaf burst against purple grey earth and rust coloured bracken.
The beauty and magic of the landscape are reflected in the abundance of natural creative activity, from lounge room gigs and paper bridges to creating gardens, ecosystems and functional living spaces - transforming the quotidian to the unexpected, a wonderful surprise around every corner. As one person we interviewed said: it is about thinking differently about what we do, turning perceptions upside down, recognising creativity in the everyday and taking it to other places.
Photographs and words by Fran Toomey