• Cynon Valley Museum (map)
  • Depot Road
  • Aberdare, CF44 8DL
  • United Kingdom

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:

I come from a classical landscape background, influenced by the work of photographers such as Joe Cornish. It was not uncommon for me to spend hours carefully composing an image and waiting for the light. It was a slow, meditative process as I tried to communicate my connection to, and passion for, the outdoors because I have walked, climbed and cycled throughout my life. People hardly ever featured in these photographs and I often resented it if they wandered into my carefully composed image.

This project could not have been more different. People are central to what it’s about. I wanted to capture them and their way of life, so I had to go looking for them and get to know them. My people skills were probably more important than my camera skills. Effectively I was often making photographs in their homes and they could ask me to leave at any time.
— Roy Carr

The project will feed into an exhibition at the Cynon Valley Museum in Aberdare (open Tuesday to Saturday 10am - 4pm) from Friday 14 June until 21 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.

You can find out more about Roy's work on his new website: www.royscapes.com
Follow him on Twitter @RoyCarrPhoto
Contact him via roycarr6@gmail.com