Icelandic Sheep

PhotographerJohannes Frank
PrizeGold in Nature / Domestic Animals
Entry Description

Icelandic Sheep have been here with us since the first Vikings came to Iceland in 874 And they remain almost the same bred as the Viking brought here. The Sheep has always been used for meat and the wool to make clothing. The Sheep run free during the summer months in Iceland, in the fall they are collected for the winter. some goes to the slaughter house and some live. The Sheep in this images have been free in the mountains in the West Fjords Iceland they ware fresh from the mountains when I took this images and they are the lucky ones this year.

About Photographer

I am a self-taught photographer. I was born and raised in a small village in the Western Fjords of Iceland, and I believe that the mountains and the harsh landscape and weather I grew up with has had a big influence on my work. My knowledge of photography comes from reading books, shooting photographs, and learning from my mistakes; and my joy comes from making an image I am happy with. I have an immense passion for landscape photography, most especially shooting it in black and white. Unlike with color photography, the graphic quality of black and white gives me a wider range of delicate tones and detail, which allows me the freedom I need in many photos to tangibly express the landscape. Sometimes, my intention for a new photo can begin with an image I imagine, like an isolated or abandoned place. I then head out in search of this vision. Oftentimes, I will drive around and explore new areas, holding on to the hope of finding that one image I am aiming for in my mind. I am often trying to convey a soothing effect and simplicity in my landscape images, but I also want to express the power and drama that nature has, and how small humans and their things can be against Nature. Through my photographs, I hope to extend the feeling I have towards the landscape of my country. It brings me the most satisfaction when people tell me they want to visit a place I have shot just to see it with their own eyes. This response makes me feel like I have accomplished something.