Photographer Fiona Bielby captures farm life in 365 picture project
November 2, 2019
A PHOTOGRAPH tells a thousand stories, or for a photographer, 365 photographs tells the story of a flurrying family farm over a whole year.
Come rain or shine, Amotherby photographer Fiona Bielby captures a daily monochrome story of the Salton farm, which her brother owns.
Fiona said: “Last year I went to the photography show in Birmingham looking to gain knowledge and inspiration from other photographers.
“Looking through all the photographs inspired me to start a project which has taught me so much about myself, the style of photography I am drawn to and pushing myself to frame things that initially may not even be there.”
Starting her photography ambition at York College in 2002, Fiona decided to pursue a diploma at Harrogate College in new media graphics in 2003. Discovering she was pregnant in 2004 with her first child Lewis, she completed her course and shelved her photography in favour of the fashion industry.
After deciding to go back to her photographic roots, Fiona left her career as a teaching assistant to focus full-time on her photography business last year. Fiona’s portfolio is full to the brim of black and white photographs, from interactions with her family to cheeky farm animals.
Fiona said: “I grew up on a farm and have many happy, childhood memories: watching the harvest; helping my dad and exploring the great outdoors on my pony called Dolly. My highlights from the project were watching my nephew grow up from a new-born to walking, my own children enjoying the farm, my brother working together as a team and celebrating special milestones as a family.”
Owning a successful wedding photography business, Fiona balanced her job while discovering why she fell in-love with photography by experimenting with different textures and styles. More wedding guest asked questions about her project and whether the seasons, weather patterns and shadowing Brexit negotiations affect life as a farmer. Fiona added: “I love to photograph the truth. I cannot believe the support, it’s wonderful hearing how people are inspired to start their own projects.”
To view Fiona’s portfolio, go to anoifphotography.co.uk/single-post/2019/10/18/Broats-Farm-from-365-angles