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  • "What makes photography a strange invention - with unforeseeable consequences - is that its primary raw materials are light and time"
    John Berger

This is the story of the life and times of the lower River Otter.

Our tale is told from the river’s perspective, taking in its watery view of the world passing ever by.

As it journeys to the sea, it meets many people, wildlife and ecology that call its river bank – or Riparian, their home.

The River Otter starts its life in the Blackdown Hills just on the border of Somerset, near Otterford. It runs for some 32 km through East Devon, along the Otter Valley and flows into the sea at Budleigh Salterton.

Along the way, it passes some of East Devon’s most stunning countryside and areas of historical and ecological importance.

This project focuses on the story of a small part of this river. Running from the village of Colaton Raleigh, moving south, past Otterton and its 1000-year-old working watermill – to the town of Budleigh Salterton and the estuary with its 57-acre Otter Estuary Nature Reserve – a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

Through a series of short films and stills images, this project will tell the story of how the river evolved. Its varied history spanning back many thousands of years, right up to the present day.

We will explore the ecology and the natural world, and look at what modern climatic challenges have had on the river. We will also explore peoples own stories and reflections of their own lives along the river.

The project has been developed by Rob Jones, a local filmmaker / photographer and resident of the area for some 11 years as part of an accredited Photography Masters Degree through Falmouth University.

It is hoped that this project will keep growing and more stories, films and stills images are planned for 2020.

If you would like to get involved, or have ideas for subjects you feel I should cover, please let me know.