Readings From The Barometer Of Life - FILM

Running time: 30 mins.


British fashion designer, who in 2020 celebrated fifty years in business.
The IUCN is the global authority on the status of the natural world and the measures needed to safeguard it.
An Australian composer and arranger, and a soil researcher at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.

Founder of the Green Belt Movement and the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.
Paul R. Ehrlich
An American biologist, whose 1968 best-seller 'The Population Bomb' warned of the perils of overpopulation, and the subsequent societal upheaval, and environmental deterioration.
An English primatologist and anthropologist, and one of the world's foremost experts on chimpanzees.
An international non-governmental organization founded in 1961 that works in the field of wilderness preservation and the reduction of human impact on the environment.

Additional material

Shot on a Fujifilm X-T3 using vintage Minolta lenses.

All artwork, text and images © James Straffon 2022.

James Straffon

James Straffon is an acclaimed British artist, who lives and works in London.

He works across a wide range of media, creating large-scale public art installations,
private commissions and gallery exhibitions. 

He is co-founder, and lead artist of the Turnpike Art Group.
For a miscellany of press links and articles, click HERE

All artwork, text and images © James Straffon 2022.

HARK - The Movie

Running time: 11:40

This project was commissioned and hosted by

Et in terra pax - Antonio Vivaldi (Extrait du Gloria)
6 December 2014, St. Edmunds Church, Southwold, Suffolk, UK
Conductor: Vetta Wise
Spring Baroque Ensemble

Angel - J. Hendrix
Recital by Angel Coulby

Shot in London, Southwold, Aldeburgh and Burnham Market, on a Fuji X-T20 using a vintage Minolta MD 35-70mm 1:3.5 lens

With thanks to Veronica Bailey

All artwork, text and images © James Straffon 2022.

Through the Palace Gates

Through the Palace Gates
Running time: 7:18
A summer's evening walk along the grassy tracks where steam trains used to roll. Flora and fauna flourish at the Mannock Road Allotment in London - an urban oasis where the instinctive flow of the natural world juxtaposes with the chaos of city life. The many plots align left and right, around a grassy, dead-straight spine, reforming the cutting which framed the Palace Gates Railway Line. This short branch line was constructed by the Great Eastern Railway (GER), and opened on January 1st 1878. In time the expansion of the Piccadilly Line diminished the line's passenger traffic, with closure coming on January 7th 1963.

Shot on Fujifilm X-T20 using a vintage Minolta MC Rokkor-PF 55mm f/1.7.

All artwork, text and images © James Straffon 2022.

Photography and Film

All artwork, text and images © James Straffon 2022.

Shepherds Cot

When looking up is its own reward.

Travelling under the multi-layered canopy of flora, which rises like an enchanted temple to the great unknown, our sense of time slows.

[filmed at Shepherds Cot, north London]
All artwork, text and images © James Straffon 2022.