Kelsie’s creative farm doors photographic project

By Sophie Baldwin

AFTER being inspired by photographers documenting COVID-19, photographer Kelsie Hore thought the same should be done for Victoria's dairy farmers.

Growing up on a dairy farm at Leitchville and currently employed as a marketing assistant at Genetics Australia, Kelsie knows all too well the hard work behind producing milk and was determined to show that particular element in the photos she took.

“COVID-19 has really put everything into perspective and what better way to look at positives then featuring our essential workers on their farms,” Kelsie said.

“I really wanted to keep the images raw and natural to show this particular side of farming.”

Putting the call out to farmers, Kelsie was surprised by the response.

“It was a pretty last-minute decision one weekend when I was home. I simply sent out a dozen or so messages and most of the farmers thought it was a great idea.

“There are still a few farmers I didn't cover, purely due to time restraints, but I do plan to get back and take some more in the Gannawarra area in the near future.”

Kelsie said it was a nice change to get outside and take some pictures.

“Dairy farmers are deemed as essential workers and are the forefront of our local community and I believe we don't praise or recognise them enough,” she said.

“I have been overwhelmed with the response and commentary around the minimum farms I have done so far and I am excited to see what can come out of this going forward.

“It can be easy to become absorbed into the negativity. Having the power to shed some light into what farmers do and the things they are grateful for like rain, growth, families, smiles and health and it is extremely important to create memories to look back upon."