Cumbrian Shepherd, 1990
Cumbrian Shepherd, 1990
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Cumbrian Shepherd, 1990

Denis Thorpe


Guardian photographer Denis Thorpe was on a whirlwind tour of Cumbria in November 1990, documenting the activities of rural communities with the then Countryside Commission, when he chanced upon a pair of shepherds bringing their sheep down from the hills – a ritual known as “the gather”, says Thorpe. “I was lucky to be there at the moment they came through the gate – I felt I’d captured the animals’ breath in the cold air.” It was a beautiful composition, he says: the shepherd with his stick, the dry stone wall, the sheep. “It couldn’t be anywhere but the north of England.” Words: Hannah Booth


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