One of my personal projects is based around agricultural shows, and for the last two years I have photographed those in the Wear and Tees Valleys in County Durham. The Langdon Beck Sheep Show of 2012 really felt like the last day of summer (although I can’t remember the start of summer, but suspect that it might have been moist!) Teesdale looked glorious in the September sunshine, for one of the most traditional country shows in the north of England. My enduring memory of this show will be the welcome given to me by everyone involved, and the laughter that prevailed despite the serious competition. [...]
For many years Teesdale has been one of my favourite parts of England, and at the end of September I was lucky enough to visit what I consider to be a “proper” country show, one without all the commercial baggage that accompanies so many nowadays.
The Langdon Beck Sheep Show, which at one point [...]
The end of harvest brings a host of agricultural shows to the English countryside. These events are steeped in tradition and often boast long histories, and are an integral part of many rural communities. They’re a time to show off livestock, dogs, horses, huge prize-vegetables, home baking, and to meet old friends and neighbours. Quintessentially English and quirky to boot. [...]