Farm is an ongoing socially engaged project that I am exploring though photography and drawing and conversations.
Over the past few years I have been documenting the way in which the farmers use the natural elements on their farms as well as how they put their personal stamp on their daily practice. Farmers are in direct touch with the land that feeds us. Their easy approach to caring for and cultivating their farm is as individual as they are. It is this directness, inventiveness and understanding that appeal to me.
Using hand skills and passed down knowledge, the farmers develop, repair and cultivate their land and animals. I am looking at the art of running a farm in an intelligent, clever and practical manner as well as honouring the men and women that spend their days producing food, which we so unconsciously consume.
20 June 2017.
Driving from one place to another I see the rewards that farmers get for their work. It’s only part of the job, but it’s a sight full of satisfaction and beauty. I have started taking trips back to places where I see these promising fields, husbanded with knowledge and hours of preparation.
The road from Rathanna to Bagenalstown, via Corry’s Cross.
Eric Osborn’s shorn sheep, Rathanna.