Brian captures the secret life of plants at Gray's FarmBy Caroline Cook
June 28, 2012
Juicy fat strawberries have been captured on camera by a photographer who spent a year charting the growth of fruit and vegetables at a Wokingham farm.
Brian Steptoe, who is a member of the Bracknell Camera Club and a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, spent 12 months documenting the seasonal activities at Gray’s Farm in Heathlands Road, Wokingham.
As part of the project, Brian spent hours wandering among the strawberry and tomato plants taking photos of the produce and watching people come and go during the pick-your-own season from May to October.
He began the project in July 2010 and this will be the first time he has exhibited his collection of work.
“It is valuable to show what activities happen on a working farm and how the various jobs are spread out over the season,” said Peter Gray, owner of Gray’s Farm.
“The images can be very educational and reinforce the fact that fresh fruit and vegetables don’t originate from the local supermarkets but through the hard work of individuals working on farms like ours.”
The work is on show at Bracknell’s contemporary art space Gallery@49, but the full series of more than 200 images will also be on display on a large screen in the farm shop throughout the summer season.
“We are very pleased to have Brian showing some of his photographs from the Gray’s Farm series with us,” said Janet Curley Cannon, director of ReOrsa, the artist-led organisation that manages Gallery@49, at the corner of Crossway and Broadway in Bracknell town centre.
“We are focused on showcasing a range of contemporary art from the area.
“This is the first solo photography show we’ve hosted and it’s by a regional established professional photographer with local subject matter.”
The exhibition can be viewed through the window display at the gallery until the end of the month. The doors of the gallery will also be open for a closer look on Saturday, June 30, from midday to 4pm, when Brian will also be available to talk about his photography.