From The New York Times bestselling author of The Shepherd’s Life, a breathtaking book of photography and wisdom that chronicles an ancient way of living that deeply resonates in our modern world. With over eighty full color photographs The English Lake District comes into full focus: the sheep competitions of the spring, the sweeping pastures of the summer, beloved sheep dogs in the fall and the harsh snows of winter. A celebration of a way of life still very much alive, The Shepherd’s View is a poetic, and artistic achievement from one of England’s most celebrated new voices.
Farmer and shepherd Rebanks (The Shepherd's Life) returns readers to the enduring traditions and daunting landscapes of England's Lake District, this time with a special emphasis on sight. A torrent of images, bare journal entries, and essayistic vignettes creates constant vistas of this place and its people. Readers follow Rebanks through memories of buying tups (rams), mastering the shepherding dialect, and learning about composition and light in photography from the paintings of Bruegel, Constable, Van Gogh, and Turner. Rebanks provides glimpses in photos and words of sheep sales and shepherd meets, the landscape's rarely depicted harshness, the shepherds' baking competition, and the Lake District's inhabitants their wisdom, clothes, and "wild kids." These photos demonstrate how the lifestyle and landscape shape people, how birds and shepherds cherish their freedom, and how pausing to gaze might unlock some crucial discovery. Rebanks invites readers to share his views, guided by his refreshing mischief, a seasoned respect for the place and people who shepherd, and a measured, genuine fondness for this life. B&w photos.