Vicky O'Connor is a first time Sheep & Beef Farm Owner Operator, and an Agricultural Photographer. Previously, she spent six years as an Agriculture Field Rep with Federated Farmers, and a Large Animal Health Rep working alongside vets. She has had past involvement with Rural Women New Zealand, Rural Support Trust, and The Migrant Steering Group for South Canterbury.
Vicky enjoys doing everything related to running their Sheep and Beef Farm business, and loves being outdoors as she is able. Primarily an Agriculture Photographer, Vicky also spends a lot of time photographing out in the community and for charity. She has also turned her hand at writing children's books to help them cope with grief.
"I love nearly everything about being in the Agriculture sector. I am proud to be able to use my photography to showcase and educate, both New Zealand and other countries, about our agriculture industry in a positive way. I feel we have work to do with the urban-rural divide to create better awareness and understanding for our people working tirelessly in our sector groups."
Looking forward Vicky would love to write a book on 'Going Farming at 50'. "When you finally get to live your dream after working for so many others over your lifetime but throwing a leg over …..so to speak….. in the sheep yards ..is not as exciting as it once may have been."
Vicky, you have a unique lens when looking at the agriculture sector in New Zealand, no doubt an extension of your photography skills. You go to show that it is never to late to through ya leg into a life on the land.
Check out Vicky's photography at www.erimagingphotography.co.nz