On the 10th of May, 2015, I went to the Cowpie Country Show, camera in hand, as the opportunity to capture some images of farm animals, old machinery, and the farmers and workers was too good to miss.
Unfortunately, I was bitterly disappointed with the show – the entry cost was high, the turnout low and the number of animals laughable.
There were more burger vans than farm shop stalls, so my hope of getting some decent cheeses and pies was misplaced.
The whole thing left me quite disappointed, and really dented my enthusiasm for photography that day.
After barely 2 hours, I left, feeling bereft of inspiration.
So, why the post?
It’s not just to have a moan, it’s about creating opportunities.
I create images because I enjoy it, and it gives me the opportunity (some would say excuse!) to go to some stunning locations. Unfortunately, my photography cannot all take place in exotic locations, so it is important to make the most of any opportunities closer to home.
Shows and festivals provide an opportunity to shoot several subjects in a relatively compact place, and in a short space of time, so I try to attend when I can. I will not be going back to the Cowpie however.
Thankfully, there is always the National Trust to fall back on, with their collection of over 500 buildings and managed open spaces, which will be the subject of a future post.
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