Steve
Yes that is the other aspect that comes over in his work...he gained the trust of the farming community.
I`ll declare my hand here...since retiring I look after my daughters horse and other horses so spend my day on a farm.
Also involved with the local drag hunt.
Grandfather was a farmer so guess there`s a genetic link at work
These communities are often as you describe.
Not to long ago I met up with a prof photographer who was attemping to emulate Ravilious and had lined up some possible farms.
He was looking for an introduction but unfortunatley I didn`t know any of the families.
I`m surprised that he got the shots he did.
I don`t think that a street shooting approach would have got him far.

Michael