MEET THE ARTISTS WITH MARCUS BASTEL
A TALK WITH PHOTOGRAPHER MARCUS BASTEL
I am a photographer and writer originally from Germany I have been living and working in London 1997. I have a Fine Art background and studied at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam and Sheffield Hallam University. Through my work I want to convey a feel of narrative, I have a fascination with the way we, through the use of media, have influenced our way of looking at anything and even the unfamiliar has become something we have experienced second hand and take or mistake for reality right across the globe.
I am a Performance and Health Nutritionist (SENr register) running my own business ‘Nurture’, providing nutritional programmes in primary and secondary schools. At present, operating in the North West of England. This entails practical cooking sessions, one-to-one support, supermarket visits, recipes and workshops with pupils, parents and teachers educating them on the benefits of good nutrition by providing them the knowledge to make informed choices. Being ‘Healthy’ is seen to be a middle class preserve, meaning you need money to eat and lead a healthy lifestyle. The goal of ‘Nurture’ is to dispel this by educating children and parents that your financial standing does not matter, that you can still lead a healthy lifestyle by following the mantra “Education from the roots up”.
I am, also, a sessional worker at ‘The Joshua Tree foundation’ providing nutritional support and cooking to children and families affected by cancer. This work directly links in with my research with researchers from Liverpool John Moore’s and Edge Hill university’s and future research in applying nutrition and exercise strategies to positively alter body compositional changes during aftercare treatment of children with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL).