Herdwick is a beautifully imagined and considered body of photographic work and writings bound in book form.
Through his luminous evocations of landscape and simple but intensely observed portraits of Herdwick sheep and their flockmasters, Ian leads us through the changing seasons and narrates for us, in photographs, a year in the iconic English Lakeland.
This illuminating latest edition exploring the interior lives of his subjects living in the Outer Hebrides and their connections to the tweed landscape is a triumph. Through Ian's sensitive photography the resulting images speak of dignity and beauty rather than hardship and exploitation.
Everywhere is apparent his deep affection and affinity for an island where he found his way in life, and to which he has felt compelled to return throughout the last 12 years of this life.
Shepherdess follows the remarkable story of Alison O' Neill as she tends her working hill farm on the Howgill Fells, Cumbria.
Embracing the hard realities of life in a remote and physically challenging environment, her story is an inspiration to trust and follow your deepest held dreams and aspirations. Ian captures the charm of everyday moments, creating a picture of a life lived with passion and heart
“...a beautiful foreground to a classic view, the finest in Britain... a picture that would defeat a Constable or a Turner”. AJ Wainwright in Scotland.. Sea Mountains - Elgol, Isle of Skye