‘LIFE ON THE FLOODPLAIN’
by Ceri Leigh
‘A year’s diary entry of the wildlife photographed in a garden on the Usk floodplain tells a bigger story of trauma, mental health and the power of nature to help heal the mind.’
The diary of one year in rural Wales, telling the story of the wildlife photographed in Ceri Leigh’s garden on the Usk floodplain, as well as a bigger story of trauma, mental health and the power of nature to help heal the mind.
Ceri Leigh was fascinated by wildlife as a child growing up in suburban Wales. She went on to study conservation and wildlife illustration before joining the Natural History Museum in London initially as a graphic designer. Meanwhile she gained her Masters degree in Science Communication from Imperial College London and finally had her dream job of Exhibitions Manager (Design & Conservation). However, an accident on her way home from work one day, frightening in its sudden simplicity, resulted in severe post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This caused flashbacks, seizures and anxiety, which still significantly affect Ceri’s life.
Ceri moved back to Wales with her family and, as a coping mechanism, began photographing the surrounding landscapes and wildlife. She wrote brief notes every day about the wildlife in her garden, nestled between the mountains and the Usk floodplain. The result is this book and local exhibitions of her photographs.
‘An intimate glimpse into one woman’s world, from winter to spring, summer to autumn, through the lens of her camera and written journal, comparable to Dara McAnulty’s DIARY OF A YOUNG NATURALIST or Raynor Winn’s THE SALT PATH.
A wonderful look at the cycle of the Welsh natural year, nestled between the mountains and the edge of the Usk floodplain.’