This image of William, a young shepherd based at the foot of Ingleborough mountain in the Yorkshire Dales, alongside his pup, Jill, was a joy to capture and I am so proud that it has been recognised in a national competition.
As we’ve all adapted to a new way of living this year, it feels particularly poignant to put a spotlight on rural communities in the UK.
Living in isolation, working alone and operating within a close-knit community is a lifestyle that pre-dates lockdown for rural farmers across the UK. This portrait conveys the beauty and essence of the Yorkshire Dales and, through William, the next generation of farmers.
Throughout September this portrait will be displayed on JCDecaux screens nationwide. William is not a city dweller; his feet remain firmly on the grass in the Yorkshire Dales so if you do spot his picture please share it with me!
Portrait of Britain Volume 3 book with @hoxtonminipress out soon!
Thank you to @bjp1854
Thank you @greatplace_lakesanddales for all your support and recognising me as GPLD Creative Champion & seedfundee.
My recent poetic documentary titled ‘Youth of the Rural North’, supported by GPLD, also features William and puts a spotlight on young voices living in Cumbria and the Yorkshire Dales….