Original photographic print (unframed) from “The Faces Behind Our Food” exhibition.
Behind the food on our plates lies a group of real people with lives like, and unlike, our own. We invite you to come and meet them…
The people featured in this exhibition are local food and drink producers working in or around Lancashire. Most of us take their work for granted. Few of us now plant seeds and harvest what grows from them; or raise, then butcher, an animal. But we depend on the people who do. Without them, we literally couldn’t survive, because we all have to eat.
When we pick up a milk carton, or a bag of potatoes, we see ‘things’, not people. We don’t often acknowledge or value those who make our survival possible.
This exhibition enables us to see and hear the faces and voices behind our food, the work that they do, and to understand that the issues affecting them are ones that affect us all:
- Maintaining relationships with friends, family and wider communities
- Making a living in a world where our income is being constantly driven down
- The satisfaction of creating ‘by hand’ versus the pressure to industrialise to bring down costs
- Governmental regulations and political decisions
- Local and global trade conditions
- Climate change