The Bay of Biscay is Sick

Golden dawns with the scent of pine in the air, and the noise of a fresh ground swell cracking across a shallow sandbar are what the French Atlantic is all about. But now, with every morning, as we slip into winter it is becoming more and more about rubbish. The high tide line is thick with large and micro versions of our plastic waste. Even with the relentless efforts of tractor crews, a fresh load is vomited onto the beach every morning. I wrote a little while ago the French coast was getting cleaner, I was wrong. There is everything from medical waste to single use creamer, Coke bottles to fishing gear, every object you can think of is washing up here, and the tide of crap is relentless.

 

The only answer is to stop this entering the sea, beachcleans are a short term fix/band aid, we have to cut the source and educate the whole planet as to what is going wrong.

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TPP Vol One – Norway|France|Scotland

Everyone who has recently ordered or has supported the plastic project over the last three years by ordering one, or all six of the plastic project books will have now received the first volume or will have it on their door in the next few days. There are an extra 100 individual books or sets of six available, you can hit the link below and they will be heading out in the next fortnight, there is only one of me so I’ll get them done asap. Each of the six books is hard backed and 96 pages long.

The Trash Isles

One of the main things I’ve always wanted to do with The Plastic Project is to reach the people that traditional campaigns do not reach. It’s easy to be in a social media bubble of like minded people high fiving at the latest small victory, but the real change happens outside of that. When I first started talking to Lad Bible I thought the idea of going to The UN to form a new country was a bit stupid, surely the UN has better things to do, but then again, our dying oceans is pretty high on the agenda. Plus if we can reach a group of young people, especially young men who normally wouldn’t give a toss and get them to change their view on plastic, then we’ve reached an almost unreachable bunch, and I know, I have been one. So rather than me spout on about The Trash Isles, here’s Ross and Al, I’m stoked to be one of the first citizens and an ambassador, and you can to by signing up here – https://www.change.org/p/un-secretary-general-ant%C3%B3nio-guterres-accept-the-trash-isles-as-an-official-country-help-protect-our-oceans

Environmental/Photography Workshops

These five day workshops have been an incredible success. They offer a little of everything for photographers of any ability or experience. We cover everything for the beginner or experienced photographer when it comes to shooting surf and adventure, but there is a heavy slant on Environmental photography, and we use them to help document wild coastlines for The Plastic project.

We have three five day workshop locations, Ireland, France (taking in Spain and Portugal) and Scotland.

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The European trips are perhaps the most exciting. We are based in Hossegor, but have the flexibility and free range to be totally mobile so can chase big swells and storms from France all the way to Nazare, including Mundaka and Galicia as well. Add in trips through the Pyrenees and The Picos de Europa and it is an incredible one week experience. This workshop is running in February 2018.

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In Ireland we are either based in Bundoran in Co. Donegal or close to Lahinch in Co. Clare. We keep the exact location flexible until a week before we leave, so we can be flexible with weather and surf conditions. Both locations are epic, and we also shoot between the two and head up into the rugged landscapes of north Donegal, Co. Sligo and Mayo from Bundoran, as well as into Kerry and Galway from Lahinch.

It is a really versatile week in Ireland, which can see you shooting some of the best big wave riders in the world one day. Then stunning rural scenery the next. We hook up with pro surfers to shoot, as well as doing other activities like climbing and kayaking, depending on the conditions. It’s simply a great way to get out and shoot in a small group, under expert guidance, in incredible locations.

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In Scotland we are based in Thurso, a town perfectly placed for striking out into some of the wildest coastlines of Europe. The waves around Thurso are world class and the reefs and slabs are a focus for the workshop. We also have the option of heading over to Orkney as well. Then to the west there is the incredible coastal landscape around Tongue, Cape Wrath and the incredible Ben Hope, the most northerly of the Munros. If that isn’t all enough to wet you photographic appetite, then there is also the spectacular sea stacks of Duncansby Head, and the incredible North Sea coast. It is a week spent in the most incredible scenery.

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Despite my reputation for sleeping rough on adventures, we have comfortable accommodation in both locations. The fee includes the workshop and accommodation, and I’m happy to give people a ride from anywhere to the destination to keep travel costs to a minimum. Food is not included, but we generally all chip in and self cater.

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As well as constant one to one work out in the field, we have a studio setup in our base camp, where we can look at shots and go through techniques for light room and photoshop, as well all the business side of photography.

These workshops are not only fun, but an adventure into adventure, surf and environmental photography.

For 2017 I have one spot remaining in France in late November, it costs £450 with a £200 deposit required to book.

Otherwise the next Adventure workshops are in January 2018, with Scotland on 15th -19th. Plus an incredible European adventure in February, based in France we will follow swell across the north of Spain and into Portugal. Please email on timnunnphoto@gmail.com for more details or to book.

A Bit About Tim

Tim has spent 15 years as a photo editor, magazine editor, adventure photographer and creative environmentalist as well as publish eight photographic books. He is well placed to guide and help you improve your photography as well as taking you on an epic adventure.

NEW WORKSHOP IN JANUARY – THE STORM CHASER

I’ve added an extra workshop in January in Scotland. A wild time to chase and photograph storms and surf in the hours of daylight, then chase solar storms at night with a dedicated Aurora hunt. Drop me a line for details.

NEW WORKSHOP IN FEBRUARY

In February we have a new workshop based in France, but taking in northern Spain, Galicia and possibly portugal. We’ll chase swells across the Iberian peninsula from the beaches of Hossegor to the biggest waves on the planet at Nazare. As well as the surf we’ll document the environmental impact of rubbish and help the plastic project. The cost is £450 which includes flights and accommodation and all travel on the ground. Drop me a lien for details.

 

A Note About Me – I was a magazine photo editor for three years and then a magazine editor for seven, I have written five books and most recently been a digital content and social media manager for Nike. As well of this I have had worked published in almost every major surf and Men’s health mag globally as well as working on brand campaigns for Nike, O’Neill, Billabong, Finisterre and Jaguar.

Dispatch Part One

Since I started I always believed that surfers and photographers being on the front line of global plastic pollution were best placed to document it, so it’s what we’re doing. There are over 100 of us globally documenting what’s really going on, so are you ready for a trip around the world?

Elli Thor Iceland from The Plastic Project on Vimeo.

Alan Van Gysen from The Plastic Project on Vimeo.

Andrew Cotton from The Plastic Project on Vimeo.

Alex Dick Read , The Surfers Path Founder Editor, British Virgin Islands from The Plastic Project on Vimeo.

Gabe Davies, Patagonia from The Plastic Project on Vimeo.

Tony Butt from The Plastic Project on Vimeo.

If you’d like to help us you can donate a pound HERE

If you’d like to help email me – timnunnphoto@gmail.com – we’re not really looking for beach cleans though, just a picture of what’s going on.

The Plastic Project Enters Fifth Year

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The Plastic Project is entering its fifth year and is going from strength to strength. After spending ten years working on a surf magazine as well as being a freelance surf photographer, Tim Nunn came to a decision. He could no longer keep going to some of the remotest coastlines of the world without speaking out about the catastrophic pollution that was affecting them. So with the knowledge that photography speaks louder than words or science, he started combing through his photo library covering adventures of surf exploration in remote locations.

“I always felt that environmental problems just don’t connect with enough people. Stats and scientific reports rarely inspire a reaction, but when you get in front of people and tell them about the rough adventures we have, it connects, and then it’s just a duty to let people know that we’re destroying these last wild stretches of coastline with our plastic addiction.”

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Since starting the project Tim has made a point of reaching young people especially and has stood and given his slide/film show to over 20,000 people ranging from schools to corporate events. “Whilst online and social media is a great way to reach people, there is nothing like getting up and telling people face to face about the adventures and the problems.”

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The project has been so successful largely because of how raw the adventures have been. Tim has been accompanied by the likes of adventurer Ian Battrick from Jersey and feral explorer Timmy Turner right through to young big wave charger Russell Bierke.

“It’s this edge, of doing everything on a shoe string, living rough to make ends meet in places like Iceland, Canada and Norway which has really captivated audiences.” Tim explains: “We’ve had some great help along the way over the last fifteen years, but have always had to pay for everything on a next to zero budget, but rough camping just makes for an even better experience. You end up finding more waves, having more fun and ultimately experiencing places in a much better way than staying in hotels.”

We live in a world of glorious imagery on a daily basis from across the planet on Instagram, but whilst these images may inspire us to travel, they don’t show the full picture. “I started to get frustrated, people are existing in a rose tinted world, so we have to not only inspire but educate about what the real situation that exists.”

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Using surfing has helped the message spread far and wide, and as Tim points out surfers and photographers are accidental environmentalists. “No other group of people on the planet spend as much time in the ocean. In a three hour session we maybe only actually surf for ten minutes, the rest of the time we are bobbing around noticing what’s going on, we know when a place is polluted. The other outstanding aspect of surf exploration is going to places that no one else ever goes to; thus we are best placed to monitor and document through film and stills exactly what’s going on. If we don’t speak up for the ocean, we are betraying the thing we love”

As well as initiating a global educational programme and giving talks, Tim is now launching a series of short films, photographic exhibitions and books to help spread the word, as well as continuing to travel to the remotest corners of the planet in search of adventure, surf and rubbish.

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