New farmer photography exhibition opens in Surrey

A farming photography exhibition is set to open in Surrey, providing a window into life on a local farm. 

Called “Down on the Farm”, the images, taken by photographer Siân Tyrrell over a six-year period, document life at Little Cowdray farm in Surrey.

The project follows the farming life of the Goble family, who have farmed at Little Cowdray for four generations, showing everything from vintage tractor restoration projects, ploughing matches, animal husbandry and family events.

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Siân says that working with the family has brought to life the deep connection with the land that she feels when visiting the farm.

She said: “While farm life is a whole soul and whole body commitment, those who choose it radiate a unique contentment that is both energising and peaceful.”

Lucy Goble, who features alongside her parents, grandparents, siblings and children in the project, said: “None of us like being in front of the camera, but working with Siân made us appreciate the importance of the little things that we take for granted.”

Lucy and Bethan with pony

© Siân Tyrrell

The exhibition, which will be on display at the Rural Life Living Museum in Farnham, will use historical artefacts from the farming archive to bring the images to life.

Museum curator Madeleine Howard said: “By comparing and contrasting Sian’s photographs with our heritage collection, we can tell the continued shared story of those who manage our countryside and feed our community.”

Siân’s photographs will be on display from Wednesday 13 March to Sunday 7 April 2024, and the exhibition is viewable between 10am-4pm, Wednesday to Sunday. 

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