Benjamin Hole x VSCO Cam® x VSCO Grid℠

In the south of England on the Isle of Purbeck, Benjamin Hole makes a living as a farmer, working the land and caring for an array of animals on his family’s farm. Although he would not describe himself as a photographer, his astounding images of foggy landscapes and endearing farm animals display his exceptional talent for documentary photography. In this technological era, where we are bombarded with sleek and polished imagery, Benjamin’s photographs remind us of simpler times. They reveal a quiet lifestyle, where humankind lives harmoniously with the animals and earth. “I’m grateful that I’m able to share these little moments with so many other people now. But what am I trying to communicate? Really, just a genuine portrayal of farming life on our foggy little Isle. In an age where the importance of knowing exactly where our food comes from and how what we eat has a direct effect on our health, I hope that even in the subtlest of ways, my photos will help people reconnect with the land.”

Benjamin has a wonderful eye for capturing the serenity of the countryside. His photos showcase intimate and one-of-a-kind moments, where farm animals exist contentedly within their picturesque landscapes. Even though life on a farm may seem slow-going and uneventful to outsiders, his images prove that there are an endless amount of surprising moments and beauty surrounding animals and nature. One can easily tell that Benjamin’s photos aren’t contrived and that connecting with the animals is important to him. “Though we have a good many animals on the farm, they all have their own personalities and some stand out from the crowd. That friendly old cow that would come and find you for a head scratch, or the grumpy sheep who’d stamp her feet and snort her nostrils if you got too close to her newborn lamb (Though give her a bucket of feed, and she’d become your best friend too!). No matter how long our animals spend on our farm, they all become very much a part of our lives. I guess I try my best to capture these individual personalities in my photos.”

Below, read Benjamin’s wonderful insights into the history of the family farm where he works and lives. All of the outstanding shots below were processed using VSCO Cam. To see more beautiful imagery documenting his life on the farm, check out Benjamin’s personal VSCO Grid.

 

“Nature is an incredibly complex thing. I guess being a farmer teaches that the only way forward is to work with nature, not against it, and make the best of these little complexities.”

 

 

“My Grandfather emigrated from his native New Zealand in the late 1940’s and set sail for England. Here he met my Grandmother. They had a dream to start their own farm. In 1962, a little farm on the Isle of Purbeck became their home. 50 years on and we’re still here. I guess farming is in my blood, and I hope in 50 years time, I’ll be exactly where I am now. Our daily chores on the farm vary throughout the seasons. In the wetter months, through the winter, we bring all our cattle indoors; so we spend our days feeding and bedding them with fresh straw. In the spring, we lamb our sheep and calve our cows. The summer months are all about preparing for the winter ahead, we make hay and harvest our crops. Autumn, we plough and replant our fields ready for next year’s harvest, and we get our barns ready to bring the animals back indoors again. Before we know it, we’ve gone full circle. The great thing with this variety is that you're always looking forward to the next season.”

 

 

“On a farm, everyday’s a school day. You learn new things about animals all the time; it’s amazing what they can teach you about nature if you just take a moment to observe. The land itself also teaches you an awful lot. From the outside, watching a tractor ploughing the same field for 12 hours a day may seem quite dull (and don’t get me wrong there are times when you think to yourself, ‘Will this field ever end?’). But in this time, you really do get to know each field as an individual in its own right, the undulations in the ground and the variations in the soil. The weather too is a constant teacher; so many things we do are governed by it.”

 

 

“Through my photography, I try to capture the ebb and flow of life here on our farm. I’d say I try my best to capture nature in its simplest way. Though I take a lot of photos, I would in no way describe myself as a photographer, just a farmer with an iPhone really. I’d say I’ve been using VSCO Cam for around a year and a half now, and since then, it has been my go-to app for editing. I find it gives my photos a softened finished, with subtle shadowing and warm, earthy tones. To me, this truly reflects the landscape and the slower pace of life here. I do play around with different presets, but I’d say T1 is my most used. Its a foggy little place, the Isle of Purbeck, and I’m delighted that the new A6 preset seems to compliment that perfectly.”

 

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