As I watched the final bales of the wheat harvest disappearing over the horizon
heading to be threshed in the dry safety of the barns, I chatted to some of
those binderers, balers and drayers who have been returning over many years to
these fields with their unique skills and equipment. In a quiet momnent a drayer asked me if I was familiar with the photographic work of James Ravilious who had documented
rural life in Devon back in the 1970s, possibly walking in these very fields.
pictures, I immediately thought of the words of Bertrand Meunier in a recent
episode of the excellent Ben Smith photography podcast, “A Small Voice”.
Bertrand spoke in humble terms of the importance of preserving memories for posterity,
comparing images to words, and by extension, groups of images to sentences, and
listening to his own passionate observations on documentary photography I was
struck by the realisation that as photographers we are merely following in the
footsteps of those that have come before us.