Jaime Molina (1993, Colombia) is a photographer and bookbinder based in Edinburgh, who is always trying to find ways to explore and communicate the spellbinding stories found within the natural world. Raised on naturalist family values in Colombia, the love for nature and wilderness fuels his drive to invest everything in their expression.
After moving to England and graduating from Falmouth University in 2018, Jaime found love not only for portraiture photography, but for creating a piece which would embody a concept in the shape of a book. This led him to crowdfund and produce 100 copies of his latest project, which in consequence gave him the tools to create his own vision, bringing different elements into a book to create a piece which was the perfect representation of the narrative within ‘Gatherers’. Since then ‘Gatherers’ has been shortlisted for the South West Photography Price in 2018, the Jhon Byrne Award in 2020, and has now been published by multiple outlets such as Rakeprogress Magazine and Of the Land & Us.
Jaime is currently focusing on his photographic and artistic practice through projects with his local Extinction Rebellion group, as well as up-cycling vintage books into hand-made notebooks.
Some of us still have memories from our childhood of walking through tall grass in the countryside or skimming rocks by the seaside, some have picked up berries with our loved ones and observed the birds flying up high, others have learned to build fires and treehouses. We all used to let nature be the main protagonist in our adventures, as nature is, as always our greatest gift. But where has that taste for nature gone?
‘Gatherers’ is a collection of stories told by the people who have decided to become attuned to the rhythms of nature, in which gathering natural resources is not the endpoint, but a process. It requires curiosity and a child-like heart to explore new flavours, places and techniques. But in the end, these experiences have amplified their knowledge and heightened their senses, teaching them to genuinely observe nature and to adapt to the ever-changing landscape.
To view more of Jaime’s work, please visit his website.