Summer Reading List

07 Jul 2017

The days are long, the sun is (hopefully) shining and the beer is cold, what's not to love about kicking back with a good book on a summer's day? 


We've asked our collective what they're currently reading or planning to read over the summer....

Emma Gordon 


Just in Time - Harry Buckle


"This book has been in my ‘read next’ pile for a while now and after going through a phase of reading a lot of productivity and workflow related books it’s been nice to get into something a bit more fun!

What makes it an especially fun read for me is that the author happens to be my old boss and friend Harry Buckle (I know him as Rod), and many of his characters are based on people I know - I’m told there’s even a reference to our very own Cornish Ketchup Co towards the end (but I haven’t got that far yet!)"

Mike Hayes 


The Great War for Civilisation - Robert Fisk


"It's a superb book, relevant, heartbreaking, exposes the utter hypocrisy of decades of UK, British, and French foreign policy with regards to the Middle East. A must read. I think it should be on school curriculums. I have had enormous respect for Robert Fisk ever since I started reading his dispatches from Beirut during the war in Lebanon."

Elly Jahnz 


The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden 


"My friend has lent me a book which I'm planning on reading soon. The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden. It has an awesome illustrated cover."

Sean Gee


Caffeine magazine


"Starting a coffee roasters (Rising Ground) my main reading recently has been roaster manuals. For a lighter read but still all about the coffee I like to dip in and out of Caffeine magazine. I'm basically filling my brain with coffee figuratively and literally."

Jess Collins


I’m reading loads right now but the three I think sum up my summer of reading are…


The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp - this has been recommended to me for many years and I’m only now getting around to reading it!


Goodbye Things by Fumio Sasaki - I love the concept of living with less and believe a minimalist approach contributes to happiness


And finally, Savor by Shauna Niequist - I am yet to start this one but fell in love with Shauna earlier this year, she is the kind of vulnerable storyteller that I adore, I plan to work my way through her entire catalogue. Savor is her newest title and it’s about living the present moment.

Sally Mitchell


Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher - Timothy Egan


"An extraordinary read about the life and work of the photographer Edward Curtis. His photos are incredibly atmospheric and against the odds, he managed to capture a vast and comprehensive portrait of Native American tribes at an incredibly fragile time. Inspiring stuff."


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Filming Flaming Goats at The Hidden Hut

14 Oct 2016


This year I had the good fortune to spend another season photographing at The Hidden Hut, from April through to the end of September, many feast nights were shot in wind, rain, drizzle and every now and again, glorious sunshine. So many brilliant moments captured through this stretch of time, a lot of lovely memories made and of course a lot of very good food eaten along the way.


Being able to shoot the same location across several months is a photographer’s dream, particularly somewhere like The Hidden Hut which is so open to the elements and no two nights are the same. From early spring sunshine to long summer evenings and into early Autumn when the light softens and dusk closes in early, each feast has its own unique feel.


Hiring a photographer for a long stretch of time is quite a commitment but can be extremely beneficial. The client will get a comprehensive image library of their venue and surrounding location, building a nuanced sense of place through beautiful images.


This year it was particularly great to be able to combine photography and film, teaming up with DR Collective member Sam Buckle, who is an ace with moving images. Sam and I spent an evening filming and photographing the goat feast night at The Hidden Hut in late August. It was a glorious evening of late summer sun and amazing food, with three whole goats from Allet slow roasted over the coals.


Capturing these kind of events on video is becoming ever more important in the effort to stand out in the noise of social media. Time spent viewing video online is increasing, with 8 billion video views per day on Facebook alone. It is a vital tool for standing out online, a video post on Facebook has an 8.7% organic reach as opposed to just 3.7% for a photographic post. That said, the video content has to stand out from the crowd as more and more people and businesses realise the effectiveness of video marketing.


Well filmed and thoughtfully created video content can enhance your brand, reaching your target audience, converting those views and likes into potential new customers for your business.


Combine this with still photography and build up a valuable photographic and video library for your social media campaigns and website content and pack a visual punch. 


~ Sal

The Hidden Hut from Design and Film Cornwall on Vimeo.




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