In 2009 I started taking photos for my friend Jane, of her family’s farm. As she didn’t live far away I visited the farm several times and photographed all around the farm, as well as photographing the family at home.
This was to become the first ever Australian Farm Album!
Jane’s husband David had grown up on the farm, and his parents still lived on the farm in the house next door. Jane and David’s three children were all attending the local primary school. When they received their finished album, their eldest daughter had started boarding school in Perth. She was able to share the book with her new friends. Another copy was sent overseas to David’s sister, who lives in London.
In 2012 the farm was sold, with the exception of the houses and sheds, which were subdivided off and kept by the family. Now a further five years have passed and David is driving trucks for a living, Jane has set up an old building as an art studio while teaching at the local primary school, and the three children are all in Perth at either boarding school or university. The family is no longer farming, so their farm album contains precious memories and evidence of their family’s farming heritage to be passed down to future generations.
After selling their farm in 2012, this Farm Album has become even more precious to the family!
If your family is considering selling the farm, then don’t leave it too late! Email us now to talk about how we can help you to preserve photos of your family’s farming lifestyle in a beautiful hardcover photo book.
Memories fade, but photographs endure!