Roaming around his local farms, Charlie Fraser has found beauty in the most inconsequential of details.
Charlie Fraser finds rural inspiration around his local farm.
MY INTEREST IN PHOTOGRAPHY BEGAN WITH using disposable cameras and the excitement of having to wait for the film to be developed. When I received my first compact camera, it gave me the freedom to explore my environment in more detail, which really ignited my passion for photography.
One of my favourite things about the artform is that it can capture something that would ordinarily go unnoticed. This was the main driving force for my black & white photography project. I realised that I pass by farms all the time without noticing any of the fascinating small details within their fences. I wanted to represent the drama of the man-made structures within the environment and discover what made my local farms individual. I decided to shoot the images in black & white, as this brought out the gritty textured environment. On the day of the shoot, I was fortunate enough to have strong sunlight and dramatic clouds, which I emphasised through heightening the contrast and bringing out the dark tones. Many of these farm shots were taken from a low angle in order to increase a sense of perspective. I personally feel that landscape photography can sometimes produce rather flat images, so I ensured that there were objects in the foreground to give the viewer a sense of scale. Luckily, the clouds also helped to give the images depth.
While doing my rural project, it was hard to find access to many of the locations. They were pretty remote and privately owned, so I had to ask the farmers for permission. Many of them were delighted that I was keen to capture their daily life. In fact, one of the farmers I asked had actually attended my school 20 years earlier and he kindly agreed to pose for a photo. To get these shots, I used my Nikon D3200, an entry-level DSLR that I’ve had for a few years now. I shot most of my images with a shutter speed of 1/125sec and an aperture of f/5.6, which allowed me to both avoid camera shake and achieve an accurate exposure.
In the future I’m keen to develop the skills that I’ve learned while studying my Photography A Level. I loved shooting outdoors, as I was able to mix the excitement of photography with the thrill of unknown adventures.