Touching on landscape, sustainability and climate makes this typical of the kinds of projects Toby covers, in the unique niche he has carved out in environmental and industrial photography. He has covered hydroelectricity in Scotland, water scarcity across the Himalayas and renewable energy in China. He has worked with National Geographic, The Guardian and the BBC Natural History Unit.
Michaela often makes work inspired by a sense of place, and has an interest in aftermath photography – exploring locations of significance to see if any remnants of the past are visible on the landscape.
"This project in Madeira was really interesting for me because it was basically about [aftermath photography] as well," she says. "We were going to these historically significant places and recording what's left. We wanted to capture the authenticity of the island and its biodiversity, connecting the environment to its historical context and modern uses."
"The concept of the shoot was to use the water as the narrator. We wanted to start at the island's highest point, the watershed, too see how that landscape looked. Then we'd choose an exemplary levada to represent the flow of water across the island, and finish with some of those uses for it," says Toby, an advocate for deep subject and geographical research to build a story ahead of a shoot. "Water was the narrative backbone, and it flows through all the geography."