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
All images © Amy Romer 2013
Looking with fresh eyes can be difficult when a place starts to become familiar. I’ve been trying to step back in time to when I first moved to Penryn.
A traditional bowling green often suggests a lot about a town or suburb: old-folks, slow pace, community spirit, whites and blazers. This I’d say was my initial impression of Penryn and Falmouth.
First impressions aren’t necessarily accurate. After a year, it is clear that Penryn and Falmouth do not hold the quintessential stereotype I once gave them. However, when the Penryn hill starts to decline, I never fail to be impressed by the beautiful views overhead that lead me to the road to Falmouth.
It is July 2013 and I have spent the last academic year studying BA(Hons) Marine & Natural History Photography at Falmouth University. This involved diving with seals, surveying beaches, photographing microscopic samples of houseflies and capturing footage of foxes at dawn.
Unfortunately, it took all of these fantastic experiences for me to realise I was doing the wrong degree. Do not be mistaken, as I enjoyed every element of the projects I worked on but at no point could I say it was driven by raw passion, just the drive to succeed.
So this summer has seen me consider where I went wrong and what it is I should do to make it right. So I made a photography website, which would only show images I felt comfortable showing, in mind that I needed to step back and look at the bigger picture. By doing this, I discovered that in fact, what comes much more naturally to me and a camera is documentary work. More specifically, street photography and editorial work – storytelling.
So in September 2013, I am delighted to announce I will be studying BA(Hons) Press & Editorial Photography at Falmouth University.