After 20 hours of red light mischief, I would like to share some of my work in progress that will be going towards my Falmouth University PEP assignment ‘A Person At Work’.
I have been visiting the Bennetts family’s Chy-an-Besow free-range chicken and rare breed pig farm near Helston in West Cornwall.
Running a small farm means that duties are incredibly diverse. As well as attending to the chickens and collecting eggs three times daily, Liam also looks after the farm’s Landrace white sows and rare breed Berkshire pigs. However, in the few afternoons I’ve spet with Liam, he has been called off to chop wood, attend on building a Cornish hedgerow and run a farmers market further down the coast. On saturday I hope to be helping the Bennetts’ serve a hog roast at a private birthday party in Porthleven. (Yet another example of their ability to diversify!)
By spending more time with the family, gaining their trust and hopefully their friendship, I aim for them to accept me as part of the background, allowing me me make a more intimate documentation of their working lives in the weeks and possibly even months to come.
All images © Amy Romer 2013