Ian Lawson is a British photographer that captures the beauty of Lake District and the Herdwick sheep mainly with a large format camera. Ian presents a year in the life of this unique breed, from lambing in spring to wild winters on the high fells. The exhibition is an emotional portrayal of an endangered way of life, as Herdwick Farming becomes less sustainable. The farmers Ian has worked with struggle to endure the pressures of modern farming techniques, in the face of thousands of years of traditional co-existence with the land.
‘Before I began visiting the hidden valleys of English Lakeland with my camera, my understanding of what it means to live a life regulated by the slow procession of the seasons was limited. In a technological age, the life of a Herdwick shepherd can seem anachronistic, but five years spent observing these men and women at work has taught me that this is not so. Theirs is not a life lived out of time, but rather one deeply attuned to the rhythms underpinning our very existence on this planet.’ Ian Lawson (Rheged, 2016)
IAN LAWSON. (2016) [Online] Available from: http://www.ianlawson.com/contact/ [Accessed: 04 February 2016]
RHEGED CENTRE. (2016) Herdwick: A Portrait of Lakeland. [Online] Available from: http://www.rheged.com/herdwick-portrait-lakeland [Accessed: 04 February 2016]