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Students put Newham City Farm on map with animal snaps

PUBLISHED: 18:01 29 January 2016 | UPDATED: 18:10 29 January 2016

Student photographer Emily Usher focuses her lens on a pig at Newham City Farm

Student photographer Emily Usher focuses her lens on a pig at Newham City Farm

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A surprising number of people still don't know the borough is home to a farm - and a group of budding young photographers want to change that.

Student photographers (from left) Kay Davies, Aanchal Regmi, Emily Faulder, Jade Church and Emily UsherStudent photographers (from left) Kay Davies, Aanchal Regmi, Emily Faulder, Jade Church and Emily Usher

The group of five photography students from the University of East London (UEL) have taken their passion for the farmyard and quite literally put it in a picture for their course project.

Emily Faulder, Emily Usher, Aanchal Regmi, Kay Davies and Jade Church have all been busy raising awareness for Newham City Farm through their photography, social media and their own blog since November.

Now they have created an exhibition showcasing their snaps and the work they’ve put in at the farm. All this while being marked by their tutors.

Emily Faulder poses with a cat on her shoulderEmily Faulder poses with a cat on her shoulder

Emily Faulder said: “We wanted to help a really local business for our project and not many people know the farm is even here.

“The main thing we want to do is raise awareness for the farm and get a lot more people down here.”

The students have been getting in touch with the local residents and businesses including City Airport, London Reggatta Centre and the hotels in the area to ask if they would help promote the farm.

Emily Faulder photographs a donkeyEmily Faulder photographs a donkey

“It’s been a really good experience. Everyone has been friendly and helpful – getting to know the staff and what they do has been great.”

Student Emily Usher added: “Helping out at the farm by being part of the community events and inviting our family and friends down and just helping promote the farm has been great.”

The exhibition was not all about the group and the farm however, it also involved videos with farm workers to show what they get up too and a special guest talk from Ed Berman MBE, founder of the City Farm Movement who said the photos were “beautiful” and that the farm was a “wonderful space”.

Newham City Farm - taken by the studentsNewham City Farm - taken by the students

Although, the five are all but finished with their project, they said they wouldn’t be turning their backs on the animals and staff with a plan already in action to put on some photography workshops over the February half-term.

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