Cardiff-based photographer Roy Carr has spent the last year developing a documentary project on sheep farming in south Wales, taking a particular interest in the Cynon Valley where he has worked with three farms.
He charts key events in the farming year: lambing, shearing, hay making, ‘dipping’, selling and winter grazing, sensitively capturing the interaction between people and their animals as he tells the story of a farming year. It's a story which is still ongoing.
There is an intimacy about his photographs which comes from the relationship he developed with the people working the land. This gave him close access, providing an insight into the physical demands as they work in all weathers throughout the year. This posed a number of challenges:
The project will feed into an exhibition at the Cynon Valley Museum in Aberdare (open Tuesday to Saturday 10am - 4pm) from Friday 14th June until 15th July 2018 showing the majority of images alongside some of Roy's landscape work.
The Cynon Valley Museum is on Depot Road (next to Tesco), Aberdare, CF44 8DL. Tel: 01685 886729.
Roy will also be presenting the work as one of the guest speakers at the #ffotonsocial event on the evening of 20 June in Cardiff.