The relationship between people and plants is closely linked with many of the global issues facing humanity, from climate change to conflict, poor health to poverty. By asking one simple question: Which plants mean the most to you? – “The Plant Stories Project” aims to record and disseminate stories that depict the many and varied aspects of the relationship between people and plants across the globe. The project will be carried out by husband and wife team Malcolm Rutherford and Amanda Armstrong.
The project consists of ‘profiles’ gathered by recording people’s answers to the aforementioned question. We will take a photographic portrait of the person interviewed, and put it alongside their story, along with a more detailed botanical record of the plant(s) mentioned by them. We intend to begin the recording process in various East African countries from September 2011 until May 2012, and depending on the success of this initial stage we will potentially continue into other parts of the world. Our aim is to share the stories collected with as broad an audience as possible. This project combines the visual impact of photography with the powerful human impact of hearing someone else’s story, engaging the viewers with a literal and metaphorical snapshot of another person’s world.