Strictly speaking, foraging is the obtainment of food or provisions, the result of searching far and wide. Birds forage for seeds and insects, bears for honey and salmon. Meanwhile, across the globe, humans are foraging for curtain rails, and much, much else besides: dining tables; doors; limpet shells; nautical flags; garden taps; picture frames; seaweed; shipwrecked wood; suitcases; barbed wire; stinging nettles…the list goes on. It’s extraordinary what lies all around us, and yet we so easily dismiss and ignore it.
‘I’d always wanted to do an interiors book,’ says photographer Joanna Maclennan. ‘Foraging was just how I live with my husband Mike and daughter Poppy. I also have some friends who live this way, including Marc Nucera and Tim Clinch, who feature in the book. So the idea came from there, really, the home being full of nature and unusual finds, pushing against consumerism and buying things just for the sake of it.’
‘Foraging’ encompasses a range of different approaches – and landscapes. The book is divided into four sections: coastal, rural, wild, urban. Wherever you are, the opportunities for foraging are boundless: beaches, forests, dumps, flea markets, abandoned factories – to name just a handful. At its heart, foraging is an adventure, something to be enjoyed with friends or family.