Over the last couple of months I’ve been working on what has turned out to be a really interesting and challenging assignment for the National Farmers’ Union on a campaign where we have visited and photographed ten farmers across England and Wales.
The campaign is based around video testimonials from NFU members talking about how they value NFU membership and how the NFU has helped them with advice or financial support within some areas of their businesses.
These short interviews will be supported by my pictures which aimed to portray the farmers in their daily lives as well as showing their farms and the wider environments within which the farm is located.
Ranging across Shropshire, Herefordshire, Staffordshire, Nottinghamshire, Cumbria, Lincolnshire and both North and South Wales the work has offered a fascinating insight into the lives of the farmers and are representative of many of the difficulties that farmers encounter on a daily basis but also show the successes that they have had.
We looked at how some of them are now diversifying their farms and are in some way moving away from their original core farming model and how they continue to think of new and innovative ways to improve and build their businesses.
Below are a broad selection of pictures from the various farms and locations I visited through the course of the assignment.
My thanks go to Gemma Bower and Victoria Wilkins from the NFU for all their help along the way – and I’ve never seen a tripod getting put up like that before! And of course to all the farmers who welcomed a strange wellie-wearing northern photographer into their farms for the day…
Pictures (c) Ian Forsyth 2018
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