An Elegant Enviromnent: Citizen Nomade with Victoria J Photography

Fashion moves so quickly, and I don’t want to keep up.

I used to fashion blog, but I felt more dishonest each time I posted. I couldn’t afford to keep buying clothes. I didn’t support the idea of collaborating with a fashion brand for the clothes to be worn once before it was already seen as yesterday’s news. I enjoy sharing, but if I use my voice I want it to be for good.

But this year, I worked with a brand called Citizen Nomade in Byron Bay. I worked with utter babes who helped me transition from fast consumerism to a life of sustainability. A long standing (struggling) vegan, I finally felt at ease selling clothing that is made with quality materials, made by an ethical company, with an ethos that reflects through their product.

When we had the incredible Victoria J come in for some accessories for the Logeys 2018 (her highly talented daughter Lilly Van der Meer is the spit of her!) she asked if she could collaborate with the brand, and if I COULD MODEL. I was like, erm… YES! There was no way I was turning that opportunity down.

As you can see, she is wicked with a camera, and made me feel like a GODDESS (thanks Vic). I compiled my fave shots to share with you here.

The shoot took place in a local quarry. As incredible as the shots are, I wanted to take a moment to discuss the impacts of quarrying.

Since as far back as 1890’s, concerns have been voiced regarding the negative impacts of quarrying. These environmental impacters include loss of land, damage to landscape, sound/air pollution and contamination or deterioration of water quality, as listed by this website on the affects of British quarrying. Dust created can cause long term health problems, both for the employees and the locals. Not only that, it causes soil erosion and of course, removes the home of flora and fauna, further increasing our Co2, and ain’t no livestock sucking that stuff up for us.

That said, quarrying bares great economic benefits, creating jobs and allowing for businesses to flourish as we continue building and creating each day (is that a good thing? IMHO, it’s not).

Though I may be flicking my hair looking all demure in a beautiful white backdrop, perhaps it is best to remember that our consumerism means that places like this were once beautiful natural homes to wildlife, and now they will be left as this; big ugly holes in the ground.

I had to re-educate myself on the processes of mining, fracking and quarrying after seeing this location. Do you know about the affects these processes have on the environment? I mean, I know it sounds almost patronising but these processes affect OUR world. Right now reports have emerged that Blackpool, UK has experienced four earthquakes since fracking began again a few days ago. I think it’s time we look elsewhere for our resources, don’t you?