The life-style of the only indigenous people of
Traditional reindeer herding is key to the Sámi way of life and yet the rights of the Sámi to do this are being violated by the logging carried out by the state-owned company in charge of forestry. In addition, the environmental impact of the logging is immense. One of the oldest forests in Europe is being destroyed.
The Sámi herders have filed a number of law suits against the logging but to no meaningful effect. They have also made appeals to the United Nations Human Rights’ Committee, which concluded in the case of one of the herding cooperatives, that any additional logging in their area would be considered a violation of Sámi indigenous rights.
Neil is a photographer based in London. His versatility as a photographer means he has built up a broad portfolio of work, largely in the areas of editorial, corporate, press, PR and events. He has also completed an MA in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at the London College of Communication. Neil's photojournalism work has taken him around the UK and overseas covering a range of stories. These include environmental issues, human rights concerns, as well as political issues. Neil's distinctive imagery stems from his own personal approach to photography, which emphasises creativity, quick and instinctive thinking, the search for truth, versatility, keeping an open mind in the way he shoots. His discretion, sensitivity and respect for his subject matter, allowing him to get to the heart of a situation and capture that decisive moment.
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