Regarding the Lexicon of Sustainability project

Wes Jackson of The Land Institute. © Douglas Gayeton & Laura Howard-Gayeton

The Lexicon of Sustainability is a project that almost wriggles with excitement. It’s taking all those very important and even edgy things that we should care about and makes them so delicious that you want to eat them all. Which ironically, for the most part, you can!

Regenerative agriculture, foraging, local food systems, community supported agriculture, the soil food web, and many more really important ideas and movements are presented in such a way that you can’t help caring about. We need more of this sort of approach.

© Douglas Gayeton & Laura Howard-Gayeton

Penny Livingston. © Douglas Gayeton & Laura Howard-Gayeton

Featuring fabulous folks like:

And many many more. It’s so heartening to see more artists taking on the important role of re-interpreting this stuff.

Part of the project is a series of vignettes, the first of which is foraging:

What I like best about this project, apart from the sheer lushness of the images and how they both draw you in and also imply the complexity of the subject, is the subject material this project takes on.

Some of the excellent knowledge tackled by this project could be considered a bit dry, until you realize how awesome the implications of that subject are (The soil food web springs to mind here. Great, important info, but commonly very densely presented and not considered very accessible to some people).

Soil Food Web world-leader Dr Elaine Ingham. © Douglas Gayeton & Laura Howard-Gayeton

Growing Power. © Douglas Gayeton & Laura Howard-Gayeton

© Douglas Gayeton & Laura Howard-Gayeton

Some of the other subjects, while not considered dry, are still things that are tricky to explain to some. Joel Salatin and the universe of knowledge and techniques embodied at Polyface Farm, for example. Or home-made methane production. Or, indeed, permaculture. Great, wide-ranging material, with vast implications…

The great thing about this project is that, a bit like The Greenhorns, it joyfully presents and upholds these ideas and people as the fascinating, trail-blazing and ongoing organisms they are.

And as someone familiar with some of the personalities presented, it’s really exciting to see people i care greatly about presented in this way. People whose work i think is so very important, being portrayed in such a gorgeous and accessible format.

Have a look through all the images on The Lexicon of Sustainability website, and enjoy…

And you can follow the vignettes as they’re released on the vimeo channel here.

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  1. adpraisal
    Posted August 22, 2011 at 6:07 am | Permalink | Reply

    I absolutely love the art direction of these pieces, really really lovely.

  2. Posted August 22, 2011 at 6:40 am | Permalink | Reply

    This really is beautiful work. I’d love to meet the Gayetons!!

  3. Posted August 22, 2011 at 7:41 am | Permalink | Reply

    delicious!!!! thanks for sharing

  4. Posted August 22, 2011 at 10:59 am | Permalink | Reply

    yes! it’s incredible! completely lush images, completely important topics.

    makes me want to doodle all over photographs i have of milkwood farm!


  5. Posted August 26, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Inspiring! what more can I say

  6. Posted August 29, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I really like the whole presentation style of those photos, with all the information overlaid. The photo collage approach is a lot like some of David Hockney’s artworks, which I love.

    It’d be awesome to be able to order posters of these pieces online. They’d make a fantastic calendar, too (although it’d have to cover two years to fit them all in!).

    What a great project, and good on Google for sponsoring it.

  7. Posted September 15, 2011 at 7:06 am | Permalink | Reply

    I’ve spent a little while working through some of your posts, and followed the link. WOW. Now I’m going to look through theirs.

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