I’ve always been interested in buying my food from local producers, but I never took the time to look at the story of how our meat gets from field to food. It was when, as a professional photographer, I started getting commissions to photograph farms and restaurants that I realized there was more to explore.
Photography commissions have to show the client and subject in a certain light that makes it appealing and where it will be seen as good PR. But this was to be a very personal project, an opportunity to show something different, with more subtlety, detail and grit – sometimes even with uncomfortable and unsettling results. This exhibition (and accompanying book) is a small journey of personal discovery but as a documentary photographer who wants to know, look, enquire, investigate and understand, I also, of course, want to share what I have discovered over the past two years about daily life on a small Cotswolds farm.
The hero of the story is farmer Jonathan Crump. Watching him work, it is immediately obvious that he is passionate about his farm and the animals he keeps and the food he produces. Jonathan has made a choice as to his method of small scale farming and food production. To me, he demonstrates how it is possible look after your animals with care and humanity at the same time as being pragmatic and productive. His farm produces some of the area’s best cheese and meat and to me, that encapsulates Field, Farm, Food.