Hannah Mornement - Food Bank Britain

PODCAST: An interview with Hannah Mornement

In this Documentary Photography Review Podcast we talk to freelance documentary and reportage photographer Hannah Mornement. We discuss her journey into photography and the influence of her fine art background on her image taking. Hannah talks about her personal and historical projects in Italy and Antarctica and how to keep going when ‘everything goes wrong’. We discuss at length her recent project, Food Bank Britain, in which she worked with the Trussel Trust to document food banks and food poverty in the UK. We talk about the increasing and worrying trend in the need for food banks in this country, and the lack of awareness about this ‘hidden hunger’. Hannah discuses gaining access and trust to food bank users, her decision to photograph the food itself and produce an accompanying newspaper, and the ways in which she wants to take the project forward.

Hannah’s portfolio site: http://hannahmornement.com

Find your nearest Trussel Trust food bank: http://www.trusselltrust.org/map

Originally a painter, Hannah Mornement is now a freelance documentary and reportage photographer, currently based in Brighton. Hannah has focused on people, places and humanitarian issues and has had over 10 years experience within the humanitarian and development sector. She has worked for the Lutheran World Federation in Haiti and The European Children’s Trust in Eastern Europe, and others. Her personal projects have taken her to the Arctic, Antarctic and Italy. She is also a ‘foodie’ and has produced photos for recipe book “Cucina Napolitana”. Her recent UK based personal project ‘Food Bank Britain’, started in summer 2013, explores food poverty in the UK and the work of food banks in trying to alleviate this poverty. She is looking behind the scenes of the Trussell Trust, the largest food bank network and also exploring the lives of some of it’s beneficiaries. Hannah graduated from the MA Documentary Photography and Photojournalism at London college of Communication last year, 2013, and is a member of Royal Geographic Society.

Photographers / Artists / Exhibitions
Henri Cartier-Bresson
Jim Mortram – Small Town Inertia
Tim Mitchell and anthropologist Lucy Norris: ‘India Recycled’ and ‘Everything Must Go’ collaborative projects
Tim Mitchell
Tony Ray Jones (and Martin Parr) in ‘Only in England’ at Media Space, London

Institutions / Organisations / Media / Other
Anzio Landings
Article about 70th Anniversary of Anzio Landings
Ernest Shackleton
FareShare (Brighton and Hove)
Out my Window
Jack Monroe
London College of Communication (LCC)
MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at the LCC
Media Space (part of The Science Museum), London
Polar Research Institute
Robert Scott
Royal Geographical Society
Sir Douglas Mawson
Trussel Trust

Interviewers: Chris King, Rebecca Enderby

Producer and Editor: Chris King

Featured Image: From the work ‘Food Bank Britain’ by Hannah Mornement © Hannah Mornement